Tactile Books by IIT-D for Blind Students

New Delhi: IIT-Delhi on Wednesday launched 3 bilingual tactile books for the visually impaired developed by a start-up at its incubation center. These books, which will go into print soon, include one on Mahatma Gandhi, another on India and the third featuring famous historical monuments. The contents of the books are in English, Hindi and Braille.

The institute announced that it would be formulating an “Institute social responsibility” through which social outreach initiatives would be conducted.

“These are India’s first affordable tactile books. We develop a sketch of the book, use 3D printing to create a mould and then use that to create multiple copies. The pictures are susceptible to touch,” said Pulkit Sapra, founder of Raised Lines Foundation, a start-up developed at Center of Excellence in Tactile Graphics (CoETG).

Sapra, who passed out of IIT with a mechanical engineering degree, said that his foundation has been working to create books of over 30 titles, including NCERT subjects.
M Balakrishnan, Professor at IIT-Delhi, said, “The incubated startup was developed at CoETG and sponsored by Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to develop books for STEM education of visually-impaired students. This book will for the first time help visually-impaired students get a glimpse of key events and articles associated with Gandhi’s life and on Indian monuments and national symbols.”

Source: The Times of India