Composite Regional Centre (CRC), Patna, Bihar

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India has established National Institutes in each major area of disability, namely (i) National Institute for the Visually Handicapped(NIVH), Dehradun, (ii) National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped (NIOH), Kolkata (iii) Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH), Mumbai ((iv) National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH), Secunderabad (v) National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai (vi) Pandit Deendayal Upadhayaya Institute for the Physically Handicapped (Pt. DDUIPH), New Delhi (vii) Swami Vivekanand National Institute of the Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack (viii) Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLRTC), New Delhi.

These Institutes are apex-level organizations in the field of education, training vocational guidance, counseling, research, rehabilitation and development of suitable service modules for the disabled. The Institutes also serve as premier documentation and information centre in their respective areas of disability. Development and standardization of aids and appliances and preparation of community awareness materials, both of the electronic and the print media, for the target audience, the patients, the community and professionals in the field etc. are also their responsibilities.

The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 emphasises upon both the Central and the State Governments to take a large number of steps for the disabled, which covers both preventive and promotional aspects of rehabilitation like education, heath, employment and vocational training research and manpower development, rehabilitation for persons with disability etc.

Since, the National and apex institutions deal with specific areas of disability. Their infrastructure was not adequate to provide services to all states, including less-developed regions of the country, for want of facilities.Therefore a need was felt to address the local/regional problems of PWD’s and in order to fulfils the national objectives eight Composite Regional Centers for the Persons with Disabilities were established which are functioning at Sundernagar (Himachal Pradesh), Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Guwahati (Assam), Patna (Bihar), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Kozhikode, (Kerala).

CRC Patna was established in 27th Feb, 2009 by the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India and functioning under the administrative control of National Institute for the Orthopedically Handicapped, Kolkata.

CRC Patna is an apex institute in the region having tripartite functions of training, research and services to the persons with all types of disabilities. CRC Patna is progressing towards building capacities to empower persons with disabilities through long and short term human resource development programmes, development of service models, documentation and dissemination of information, Community Based Rehabilitation, Extension and Outreach Programme, fabrication and fitment of aids & appliances and “reach the un-reached” in the region has been a major focus of the centre.


The quality of life of every person with disability is equal to other citizens in the country: in that live independently to the maximum exiling possible.


Through constant professional endeavors, empowering the person with disability to access the state of the rehabilitation interventions viz. educational therapeutic vocational, employment, leisure and social sports and cultural programmers and full participation.


CRC Patna values equal opportunity, protection of rights & full participation of the PWD's.

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