AMU VC visits library to inspect Refreshable Braille Display Units
Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor, Lt. General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) recently visited the Braille Section of the Maulana Azad Library to inspect Refreshable Braille Display Units received as gifts from M/s Karishma Enterprises, a Mumbai based NGO through the National Institute for the Visually Impaired, Dehradun.
These Refreshable Braille Display Units convert digital texts into Braille scripts and human voices. General Shah was shown a special demonstration of the machines by the Library staff during his visit.
Addressing the students, AMU Vice Chancellor, General Shah enquired about the difficulties faced by visually impaired students. He also assured of the best possible assistance and faculties in the library and the university for such students.
The Librarian, Dr Amjad Ali thanked the Vice Chancellor for special consideration to develop the Braille Section.
While addressing the students about the utility of machines in the learning process, Dr Amjad said them that the entire universe of knowledge is now on their finger tips. â€œThese machines will give full freedom to the visually impaired for access to all the data available on Internet or on any other digital media that can be consulted 24/7,â€ said Dr Amjad.
He added that with these facilities, limitations for the visually impaired in seeking knowledge have come to an end.
â€œIn addition to the data available in English, the students will soon access, Hindi books and journals,â€ said Dr Amjad adding that the availability of OCR software for Indian languages will help the visually impaired to access material converted into Braille and human voices.
He further informed that the university library now plans to bring Urdu OCR that can be used for similar facilities.