In a bid to help the visually challenged to read books,a newly developed braille library was launched by city based companies- Modular Infotech Pvt Ltd and Automatic Control Equipments (ACE) in collaboration with Rotary Club of Pune West end and Rotary Club of Eau Gallie,Florida,USA.
To be inaugurated on March 17,at S M Joshi auditorium,the project consists of opening two such libraries at two blind schools in the city,Niwant Andha Mukta Vikasalaya,Viman Nagar and Nirmalya Trust,Bhandarkar road.
The libraries will house five readers titled- Braille Mitra,designed by Modular Infotech and ACE along with a computer,two GB pen drives and Braille embossers. The project cost of Rs 17 lakh has been taken care of by Rotary Club, said Pradeep Newalkar,ex-president,Rotary Club of Pune West end.
The unit,first of its kinds in the country will help visually challenged individuals to read books from over 11 Indian languages along with English. Using a newly developed technology,the reader will be converting soft copies of these books in Braille books.
The cost of each reader unit is Rs 90,000. A smaller unit is available at Rs 60,000. The Braille books can be read by the visually challenged with the help of dot characters generated by the reader.
The cost of hard copy of one Braille book is in the range of Rs 2,000 to 3,000 and this library,each of which,with a two GB pen drive can store up to 2000 books can make these books available for the visually impaired at a much lesser cost and that too for time immortal, said Raghunandan Joshi,joint managing director,Modular Infotech. The organisations involved have appealed to common public to send in soft copies of such books,if available,so that more number of books can be made available to the visually challenged individuals.