There is some good news for the thousands of visually impaired students of government schools in the state. Uttar Pradesh has got its first high speed Braille press. It has been imported from Belgium. What's more, it is the fastest Braille embosser in the world with a speed of 2,000 pages per hour.
The trial run started on Thursday and a few books have already been converted into Braille. Principal secretary, handicapped welfare, VN Garg saw the machine and inquired about its progress. The state government has acquired it at a cost of Rs 76 lakh. It has been installed in education department at Nishatganj.
Garg told HT that before the division of UP there was a Braille Press in Dehradun. But after the formation of Uttarakhand, there was no such press in the state. "But now the visually impaired have a reason to smile. We need to be more sensitive towards the cause of differently abled children. They do not need our charity. What they need is their right."
The machine is designed for reliable, economical, practical and high quality Braille production. The embosser is computer controlled and easy to operate.
Mechanical wear gets highly reduced by the design principle of the moving matrix. The relief produced by the Interpoint 55 is of high quality.
Braille dots are nicely round shaped, have constant height and are perfectly aligned. The embosser is capable of producing graphical drawings like maps, figures etc.