The University of Pune (UoP) is planning to install sensors on the campus,an initiative that it feels will encourage more visually-impaired students to join the university. The Department of Education,headed by Prof Sanjeev Sonawane,has come up with a concept of installing sensors at about 100 spots in the university which will help such students in knowing their exact position on the campus.
Prof Sonawane wanted to do something about making the campus more accessible to visually-challenged students visiting the university. The department has shortlisted around 100 spots which include all the departments,canteens and the main buildings that the students have to frequent.
The technology being used is simple. The department will install frequency modulators at these spots. The students will have to switch on their mobile phones when they enter the campus which will catch the frequency from these modulators,letting them know their exact position on the campus.
“Our department has been working on these transistors which will be put up at different spots. The waves from these transistors will be transferred to mobile phones of students,letting them know the names of each of the building they cross,” said Sonawane.
The department is hoping that the work will be complete in a year. “The number of visually-challenged students taking admission in the university is around 100 every year,which is not a great number. The main reason for this might be inaccessibility to buildings,or to study material. With this initiative,we will make sure that at least navigation around the campus becomes easier for such students. It might attract more students to the university,” said Dhanajay Bhole,co-ordinator of the Advanced Technology Blind Student’s Learning Centre (ATBSLC) at UoP.