JOHOR BAHRU – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) will collaborate to develop e-Braille, a digital version of Kamus Dewan for the blind.
UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar said the e-Braille project would kick off soon and was expected to be completed in six months.
He said a group of researchers from UTM Mechanical Engineering Faculty would transform the 4th Edition of Kamus Dewan into an electronic dictionary for the blind at a cost of between RM200,000 and RM300,000.
“The project is being implemented following high demand from the blind. It is hoped that the e-Braille will help them to improve their command of Malay language, besides being an agent to spread and empower the Malay language.”
Wahid said this after signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the project with DBP on behalf on UTM at the university’s main campus here today.
DBP was represented by its director-general Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan, who also described the effort as a new perspective for the publication industry.
“It is also in line with the government’s aspiration to achieve the status of a fully-developed nation by 2020 in the aspect of book publication and in closing the knowledge gap among the people in the country,” he added. – BERNAMA