R.K. Mission Blind Boys' Academy, Narendrapur

Introduction


Regional Braille Press is a very special unit of the Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys' Academy, Narendrapur.
Reading and Writing being two most vital aspects of education for the blind nay, any student – Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narandrapur made a humble beginning in 1966 by starting a Braille Press to emboss books for the blind . In 1967, the Government of India designated the Braille Press as the Regional Braille Press for the Eastern and North Eastern Region of our country. It is the only Braille Press in this part of the country. With each passing day, the press showed greater levels of efficiency and production . The Geographical size of the catchment area is a big one ( 89,000 sq.km. ) and similar is the case in respect of the variety of languages it covers ( Viz, Assamese, Oriya, Manipuri, Sanskrit, Bengali & English) . Besides text books , story books and other general books are produced here. Religious classics like the Ramayana, the Gita Sar Sangraha were taken up . On the occasion of 150th brith Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, The Geetanjali has been embossed in Braille in 2010. This Braille Press prints text books of all subjects-including Mathematics and Science up to class XII. The Regional Braille Press has been assigned the task of supplying text books by the States of West Bengal , Manipur, and Assam under the Sarva Shisksha Abhijan . Every year the Braille Press publishes a popular Calendar . This Calendar is supplied to over 1000 individuals and institutions all over India . In 1996, a Computerized Braille Production unit was initiated by installing a Norwegian Computer operated Braille embosser - Braillo 400 S. Today the Press has three (3) such machines and it has emerged as one of the biggest Braille Production units in the country – Perhaps having the largest printing capacity . Books printed at the Braille Press are made available to the Visually Impaired students at highly subsidized cost ( ¼th of the production cost ) which is noteworthy.

For its significant contribution in the field of production and distribution of reading materials of diverse subjects in Braille, our press received National Award in 2009 from the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and also the State Award From the Ministry of Woman & Child Development & Social Welfare.



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