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Setting sight on success, visually challenged Shibli enrols for PhD

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:19 -- geeta.nair

First such research scholar in management studies in Kannur University

Twenty-seven-year-old K. Shibli, who is visually impaired since birth, is now an inspiration to several students at Kannur University.

On World Sight Day on Thursday, Shibli, who is the first visually challenged student to enrol as a PhD scholar in business management at the university, stood as a role model for many differently abled.

Coming soon, a cheap kindle for visually impaired

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:55 -- geeta.nair

A kindle for visually impaired students is expected to hit the markets in six months — one that wouldn’t cost a bomb. The International Institute of Information Technology, Bengaluru (IIIT-B), has tied up with IT firm Touchetech Labs and non-profit organisation Vision Empower to produce what may be India’s cheapest Refreshable Braille Reader (RBD), or the kindle for visually impaired.

Originally conceived by Paul D’ Souza 

University of Mumbai student is India’s first blind woman with PhD in German studies

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:49 -- geeta.nair

When it was time for Sunil and Shubha Jangam to enrol their daughter Urvi, who was born without sight, into school, they took her to a school for the blind. At the time, they’d thought Urvi’s blindness would be a disability, but as it turned out, there would be no holding Urvi back. After a stellar academic career, last week, Urvi, 31, became the first blind female student in India to be awarded a PhD in German studies.

Delhi High Court seeks list of UPSC vacancies for visually impaired

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:37 -- geeta.nair

What is the exact number of vacancies for visually impaired persons in civil services exams since 1996, the Delhi High Court has sought to know from the Centre.

A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh has directed the Centre to give details regarding the backlog vacancies for persons with disabilities, particularly visually impaired, from 1996 onwards.

DU admissions: Almost 10 per cent rise in registrations under PwD category

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:12 -- geeta.nair

There has been an increase of almost 10 per cent in the number of registrations under the Persons with Disabilities (PwD) category at the Delhi University, officials said Sunday.

A total of 1,665 people have registered under this category on the varsity’s admission portal this year, including an acid attack victim and leprosy-cured persons.

Twenty-one conditions are included under the PwD category.

Nepal’s only library for visually impaired has no visitors

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 13:04 -- geeta.nair

KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) – The floor of the National Braille Library for the Blind is filled with books. Big, thick volumes of books in Braille are littered all over while steel racks are carelessly stacked with more.

“These all are donated books. Different international organisations donate books to us almost every alternate month,” said librarian Ambika Shrestha.

Lack of books for visually impaired at Book Fair disappoints many

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:54 -- geeta.nair

Walking around the theme pavilion at the New Delhi World Book Fair, one can spot a range of aides for the visually impaired — Braille geometry sets, chess boards, a set of playing cards, but oddly enough, not many books. 

The visible shortage of literature for people with  disability at the fair themed, “Books for Readers with

Special Needs”, can be attributed to the dearth of publishers working in the sector, said one of the officials from National Book Trust (NBT).


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