In an attempt to make numerical problem less daunting and taxing for visually-impaired students, Delhi University (DU) is planning to develop customized mathematical kits for them. The varsity also plans for a nationwide campaign to different blind schools where it will distribute the kit to the students and conduct workshops and hands-on-training.
Another important aspect of this vision is to collect feedback of the kits, improvise it and recommend the HRD Ministry for incorporating it within the curriculum.
As per the recent survey done by the Cluster Innovation Centre of DU, not much has been done and is not being done for the blind students. The only medium available for the visually impaired ones is Braille script. While few of the schools use audio mediums for them, these don’t serve the purpose of learning and understanding difficult subjects like Mathematics.
The mathematics kit includes geometry tools, shape based abacus, board for multiples and factors. The entire project is based on Braille principle and has been designed to suit the needs of the blind.
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.