DU in process of developing math kits for blind students

NEW DEHI: To make solving numerical problems less taxing for visually-impaired students, Delhi University is developing specialised ‘mathematical kits’ which will make it much easier for them to study the subject.

The varsity plans to carry out a campaign across the country during which students and teachers will visit various blind schools where it will distribute the kits to the students and conduct workshops to teach them how to use it.

In the second phase, after receiving feedback from various quarters, DU plans to recommend HRD Ministry to include these tools in the curriculum.

The kits have been developed by four DU students pursuing M.Sc Maths Education in consultation with experts and two professors, Jyoti Sharma and Pankaj Tyagi.

“We conducted a survey at various blind schools in Delhi and found out that the only specialised technique available for their teaching is Braille. Few schools use audio mediums too. These can be helpful in teaching literature or other subjects but not maths, which is very complex,” Madan Chaturvedi of DU’s Cluster Innovation Centre told PTI.

Elaborating on the contents of the kit, Sharma said, “The kit has been divided into three parts. The first one contains geometry tools which include specially-designed scale, protractor, compass, and a board. Braille technology has also been used to make the tools.

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