Manipur’s Science and Technology department is planning to produce audio-books for Class X students under Board of Secondary Education Manipur syllabus.
‘It will take some time but discussion is on for the project in association with the experienced teachers which can be used as one the teaching tools (for the needy students),’ says Uttamchanda Laishram, Director of Science and Technology department, adding, ‘A new project for communication by the Deaf & Mute students, using Smart phone and Wi-Fi campus connectivity is also being explored for feasibility.’
Stating that the department has took up the project for Smart Manipuri to English E-Dictionary in association with National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology, Imphal, Uttamchand said Android mobile version of the Dictionary has been released through Google Play.
The department also completed one project for computerized transliteration of Manipuri from Bengali script to Meitei script. This will not only be useful to the students and public, particularly publishers, but will enable semi-automated transliteration of existing Manipuri books in Bengali script into Meitei Mayek script, he said.
Meanwhile, after Guwahati and Jorhat, Manipur will be having the first ever 50-seat Digital Planetarium. Laishram said that construction of an eight metre diameter dome under North Eastern Council, Shillong funding is almost completed.
At the same time, NEC has also given approval for setting up two district science centres in Manipur’s Churachandpur and Ukhrul districts on 90:10 fund sharing basis.