NIAS Memorial Lecture: "Speech and Hearing Sciences: Genesis, Growth and Sustainability in India" by Prof . M. Pushpavathi (Fourth Mrs. Lakshmi Nizamuddin Memorial Lecture), 6.00 PM

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560 012

 (As part of NIAS-DST Training Programme for Women Scientists on

“Science and Sustainability in India”)


You are cordially invited to the


FOURTH Mrs. Lakshmi Nizamuddin Memorial Lecture


to be delivered by


Prof . M. Pushpavathi

Director, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore




Speech and Hearing Sciences : Genesis, Growth and Sustainability in India




Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 6.00 p.m.

(Coffee/Tea: 5.30 pm)

Venue:  J R D Tata Auditorium, NIAS


Chairperson : Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Director, NIAS


Abstract: Speech Language Pathology is one of the rehabilitation science which deals with development of communication and its disorders.  Communication science focuses on the different parameter of speech such as articulation, fluency and voice and its disorders.  This branch also deals with language development in children and disorder seen in children and adults.  The prerequisite factors such as hearing, cognition are also dealt in detail along with articulatory and phonatory mechanism.  The Professionals emerge from this field are Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists who are specialized in the assessment and rehabilitation of speech, language and hearing disorders.  This field was initiated in 1964 and initially the focus was on the rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairment.  Simultaneously, the academic program was also initiated.


The Speech and Hearing field is expanding with the contribution from the different fields such as Linguistics, Electronics, Psychology, Neurology, Pediatrics and other Medical fields.  In spite of five decades, the field is still facing challenges in providing clinical services due to lack of qualified manpower, poor infrastructure in major hospitals, lack of awareness among public and lack of educational institutes to provide the academic programs.  As India is being the multilingual country, the professionals are facing many challenges for assessment and rehabilitation.  The research in India focused mainly to develop the norms that are required to assess speech and language.  Hence, several resource materials, test protocols, drill materials, vocabulary lists, words/sentence list for hearing and speech were developed based on the available normative data.  In spite of these efforts, still there is a lack of materials, computerized assessment tools, resource materials / manuals for persons with communication disorders.


An attempt has been made to collaborate with different professionals such as occupational therapist, physiotherapist, neurologist, special educator, otolanryngologists which has strengthened the field.  The technology has contributed significantly to develop aids and appliances, assessment and rehabilitation tools.  There is a wide scope for research in the field which requires the input from multidisciplinary field.  There is a need of hearing the professional services across different setup such as hospitals, schools, industry, old age home and in academic institute.  Being affiliated to rehabilitation of Council and professionals are striving to provide the quality services to improve the quality of life in individuals with communication disorders.


About the speaker: Prof. M. Pushpavathi completed her undergraduate [B.Sc (Speech & Hearing)], post graduate [M.Sc (Speech and Hearing)], and Ph.D (Speech and Hearing) degree from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangothri, Mysore.  She has over 22 years of experience in teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students. She is a Professor in Speech Language Pathology and the Director currently. Her special areas of interest include the disorders of speech specifically speech disorders related to orofacial anomalies and voice disorders. She has guided 75 masters and 8 doctoral students for their Dissertations and Thesis. She has been a member of Board of Studies and Board of Examiners of several Universities in India.  She has published 78 scientific papers in national and international journals. She had several extramural projects funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Bio-technology, IMPRINT and Indian Council of Medical Research. She has also completed 10 projects funded by the AIISH Research Fund. She is a life member of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association and Indian Society of Cleft Lip, Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies. She is the reviewer of several Journals. She has headed the Departments of Clinical Services, Speech Language Pathology, Tele-centre for Persons with Communication Disorders and Special Education at the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore. She had also served as Academic coordinator of the institute for two years, DHLS coordinator for Mumbai Centre, Estate Officer, Vice President- AIISH Gymkhana, and Chairperson of the unit for structural orofacial anomalies (USOFA).

She is a recipient of the prestigious ‘Prof. Rais Ahmed Memorial Award’ instituted by the Acoustical Society of India, Braithwaite’s Oration award instituted by Indian Society of Cleft Lip, Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies at INDOCLEFTCON 2019.

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Organised by: 
JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bengaluru 560012