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NMEICT Funds Book Conversion Project for the Print Disabled

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Jul 22, 2010 09:15 AM |
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IIT, Kharagpur, Daisy Forum of India, Inclusive Planet and the Centre for Internet and Society have joined hands to undertake a project for the print disabled. The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) is funding this project.

NMEICT has funded a project for converting college level text books into daisy format for the print disabled students. This project is being jointly undertaken by IIT, Kharagpur, the Daisy Forum of India, CIS and Inclusive Planet. The vision of the Mission is to fund education projects using ICT to ensure that knowledge resources are made available to learners in a manner and speed which is attuned to their needs. It seeks to increase enrolment in education at various levels by providing an alternate route to conventional educational practices and bridging the gap with the objective of fully utilizing India's human resource potential.

The present project involves organizations around the country to identify 200 college level text books in Hindi, English and five regional languages for conversion into Daisy over the next year. The converted books will be distributed through CDs and a website to 500 universities and colleges around the country. The details of the stage wise progress of the project, including the methodology, partners, technologies and finances will be updated periodically on the dedicated website.

The pilot project commenced on 1st April 2010 and will finish on 31st March, 2011.

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