Special Correspondent

The Rs 12.34-lakh project will benefit around 500 pupils in the district

VISAKHAPATNAM: The district administration is making efforts to provide study material in Braille for the visually handicapped schoolchildren studying in Telugu medium and also to the visually handicapped candidates appearing for competitive examinations, Collector J. Syamala Rao told reporters here on Monday.

The material would benefit around 500 pupils in the district. A Rs. 12.34-lakh project report was sent to the Government and in case of any delay in sanction of money, public sector undertakings would be approached to provide the fund under their corporate social responsibility programmes so that the material was ready before the academic year commenced on June 13, Mr. Syamala Rao said.

“There is talent among the visually handicapped pupils and they have the advantage of reservations. Our plan is to provide them Braille material so that the gap between the talent and reservation quota is bridged”, the Collector said.

Earlier the visually handicapped centre at Bakkannapalem near here used to supply the material to the entire State but now the plan was to supply the material in Telugu which was a difficult task compared to the preparation of Braille material in English. A Braille printer and technician were required to convert the study material into Telugu.

Help of a teacher R. Jagadeesh, who had already prepared study material in Braille for DSC examinations would be taken in this project by engaging him as the resource person. As many as 112 candidates were selected in DSC interviews with the help of Mr. Jagadeesh's study material.

Another project for providing study material for competitive examinations was estimated to cost Rs. 9 lakhs. Help of PSUs would be sought, Mr. Syamala Rao said.

Assistant Director for Physically Handicapped Welfare V.U.S.S.N. Murthy was also present.