India, Aug. 25 -- Sixteen-year-old Om Negi, a resident of Ghaziabad, cannot hear since birth. With that also came muteness. So, his hands became his tongue and his eyes his ears. Negi attended a local school for the deaf, and last year, passed class 10. However, practically, that did not help much.

"It was very difficult for me to grasp what the teachers were teaching in the class as they did not know sign language much. I do not think the school prepared me for anything," Negi told HT through a sign language interpreter.

Similarly, 17-year-old Uttam Tiwari says his parents made a conscious decision to put him in a school for the hearing impaired, hoping it would have the infrastructure to teach him, but he was as disappointed as Negi....