Himachal Pradesh for first ever Hi-Tech Multilingual Braille Libraries

Panchkula: Himachal Pradesh is a state that has one of the highest literacy rate in India and its remarkable efforts towards encouraging poor and women for education is commendable. Adding one more star to its achievement, Himachal looks ahead to open for the first in its history two Hi-Tech Multilingual Braille Libraries in the State.

Himachal Pradesh’s Department of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with Modular Infotech Private Limited and Automatic Control Equipments plans to launch these libraries’ project by the end of the month to benefit visually handicapped people.

The libraries will be set up in Shimla and Surendra Nagar, Mandi, at a cost of Rs. 6.27lacs.

The salient features of the Braille Library System developed by Modular Infotech and ACE are that books in Hindi, and all Indian languages and English can be converted to Braille from their soft copies. After the conversion to Braille, these books can be indexed and stored in pen-drive storage devices in a compact manner. A normal 2 GB pen-drive can store upto 2000 or more books. A Library administration software specially designed for the Braille Library, allows the pen-drives to be loaded with the books and their index lists. From these, required books can be stored for reading into the BRAILLE-MITRA Reader. Giving the freedom to work independently to every user without the need of a Personal Computer.

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