Special Lab for visually impaired inaugurated
Special Lab for visually impaired inaugurated, A special laboratory for the visually impaired was inaugurated at the Vignan University here on Tuesday.
Vadlamudi(Guntur): A special laboratory for the visually impaired was inaugurated at the Vignan University here on Tuesday. Speaking to the media, Dean of Engineering and Management Studies Dr V Madhusudhan Rao said that blindness was a curse, as the visually impaired would not be able to see and be forced to spend their entire life in darkness.
Dr Rao said that researchers of the Vignan University explored methods to help the visually challenged use computers and information technology. He said that Prof K V Krishna Kishore of the Computer Science and Engineering Department and Prof Akkineni Raghunath of the Information and Communication Technology, who wanted to bring light into the lives of visually challenged students had prepared a project on “Development of Educational Suit for Visually Challenged Students in Computer Science and Information Technology” and submitted it to the Department of Science and Technology for funds. The DST had approved the project and sanctioned Rs 43,17,834 for it, he said.
Raghunath and Krishna Kishore said lessons would be taught to the students through audio. Converters have been installed to convert English text into Braille. They said they had consulted several organizations like Vision AID India (Vizag). Soon visually challenged persons would be able to compete in the national-level competitive examinations.
In-charge Vice-chancellor of Vignan University Dr P Purushottam said it was for the first time that an ultra-modern laboratory was being set up in the two Telugu-speaking States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It would train 70 visually impaired students daily. Among the 70, 20 students would be taken from the Kala Bharati Seva Samithi and 50 from the Government School for the Blind, as part of the project, he said.
Dr Purushottam said the trainers would approach the students for the programme. Trainers P Sindhu of Vignan University would go to Kala Bharati Institute, Guntur, and Ch Ravi Babu would go to Government School for the Blind, Narasaraopet. Computers and software for the project were specially designed without a monitor for the convenience of students, he stated.