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In a first, NIT starts computer course for visually impaired


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SHILLONG, May 26: In a first-of-its-kind initiative conceived to cater particularly to the visually impaired, the NIT Meghalaya has started a computer training centre located at its temporary campus in Bijni Complex, Laitumkhrah.
The institute has taken this initiative with the objective of enhancing the livelihood of the visually impaired individuals. As per official figures, there are around 2,300 visually impaired people in the state.
At the training centre, the visually impaired people will be given basic training on Microsoft Office and Excel, in addition to document writing, web browsing, social media-related knowledge, and more. The course will be conducted for a period of two months.
In the first batch, a total of 10 people will be admitted.
On completion of the course, certificates will be awarded to them by NIT Meghalaya.
The institute is going to develop a special skill development centre at its main campus situated in Sohra. Further, it has plans to help differently-abled people earn a livelihood as well.
The centre was inaugurated by noted television and film actress, Maya Alagh, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, NIT Meghalaya, Sunil Alagh.
Director of NIT Meghalaya, Prof Pinakeswar Mahanta, besides professors, faculty, and others were also present.
It may be mentioned that the centre is developed by a team led by Assistant Professor Dr Bunil Kumar Balabantaray, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Members from Blind Lead Trust led by Jitendra Dkhar (Co-Founder Managing Director), Bandwina Khymdeit (secretary), Kanai Debnath (Trustee), and Kamdathmu Langstang (Trustee) were also present on the occasion.


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