The National Institute for the Empowerment of the Visually Impaired, based in Dehradun, is under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. It has a state-of-the-art Braille printing machine that delivers a Braille version of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat program. The institute will continue to convert various materials to Braille. MI Ahmad, Head of Braille Printing, shared this information. The press also produces Braille versions of ballot papers for the disabled. Its purpose is to uplift disabled people, improve their education and support their social, economic and mental development. Additionally, the press translates religious scriptures, academic books, and works by various authors into Braille, making them accessible to institutions and visually impaired people across the country.
In addition to publishing books for the blind, this institution focuses on comprehensive education for their overall growth. However, when a person with a disability is assigned a teacher, more responsibility is also placed on the parents. Children between the ages of 4 and 12, accompanied by their parents, attend the Early Intervention Center for Transversal Disability at the National Institute for the Emancipation of People with Visual Impairments. Teachers instruct these students daily in the presence of their parents. Teaching handicapped and blind young students is a challenging task, as visually impaired children struggle with correct vision.
Divyangjan National Empowerment Institute offers students modern courses, including artificial intelligence (AI). Starting this year, preparations have been made to introduce AI courses for young learners. The institute aims to improve the performance of students in IT by leveraging modern technology. Special arrangements, such as artificial intelligence machines, computer systems, expert systems, speech recognition and equipment for the blind, have been made to support their development in specific artificial intelligence applications.