e-Library in Braille rolls on

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Visually challenged students of Government schools in the State can now look forward to an e-Braille Library on wheels that will bring a variety of reading material in Braille script to their door step.

A Maruti van fitted with a multi-media computer system with special software package and radio cum tape-recorder will also enable the visually impaired students to operate the computer and the system will read out the books for them. The students can listen to programmes on radio or to cassettes of rhymes and songs of their choice on the tape recorder.

The first ever e-Braille library on wheels, the initiative of Guru Kondaveeti Jyothirmaye International Trust, was inaugurated by State Election Commissioner A.V.S.Reddy at Erra Manzil Mahila Samajam hall on Monday.

Kondaveeti Jyothirmaye, well known singer of Annamacharya Sankeertanas, and founder of the Trust that takes up welfare programmes, said that good response to Ramayana and Mahabharata brought out in Braille prompted them to bring out more books and make them available to visually impaired schoolchildren.

Fund source

Industrialist Raghavendra came forward to fund the project at a cost of Rs.2.5 lakhs. The mobile library will go to various schools as per the request of the managements.

The Braille collection brought out by the Trust has Ramayan, Bharatham, Bhagavatham, Bible, Quran, moral stories, and stories of Alibaba, Akbar-Birbal, Tenali Ramakrishna, and Annamacharya Sankeertanas. The mobile library would also have stock books in Braille.

Mr. Reddy, appreciating the efforts of Jyothirmaye Trust, promised to do his best to further their cause. Some students of Government High School for Blind Girls, Malakpet, were the first to use the e-Braille library and went through the Braille books, and listened to the computer read books.