Sunday, 18 January 2015

Shivaji University likely to start braille library


Shivaji University likely to start braille library


KOLHAPUR: Shivaji University's vice-chancellor N J Pawar on Tuesday said the university is thinking of starting a braille library for visually impaired students. 

He said that while the members of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) peer team who came calling in September last year had found the university to be doing well in research, they had suggested that it set up a well-equipped braille library for visually impaired students on the campus and those from affiliated colleges. 

Pawar was speaking at the function held to inaugurate the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workshop at the university library. 

"We have taken the recommendation quite seriously and are looking at ways to implement it. The library will be available for visually impaired students from SUK's 281 affiliated colleges across Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur district," Pawar said. 

He added, "Study resources are changing over time. We need to accept and adapt to the changes. The visually impaired students, too, need to actively participate in the new initiatives." 

Librarian Namita Khot said the university has set up a study centre this year for visually impaired students. The students are not charged any fee for using the facility. 

The ICT workshop, in the meantime, was held to teach visually impaired students the basics of technology. A faculty member in the English language department, Manohar Waswani, also told the students about the career options they had. 

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