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SSUET students developed a Braille system

SSUET students develop device for visually handicapped
Karachi, Jan 10: The students of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology have developed a Braille system that works on the basis of micro-controller. The Microcontroller-based Braille system is a tactile communication mode that uses the mobile and other mechanical devices to enable visually handicapped children or adults to read from a portable device.

According to details revealed, the system's component parts include a Portable Braille Pad, a control unit and a Mobile.

The system developers claimed that current cell technology is expensive but their project researched less costly alternatives resulting in the development of own cell using solenoids.

They said the main concern for their project is how a blind person read SMS from his mobile and for this purpose, they have designed a Braille Pad in which 8 Braille Cells have been connected in parallel on which a blind can read words one by one with a button given for next and previous word. App

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International symposium at Karachi University
Karachi: The second International Symposium-cum-Training Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research will be held from January 12 to January 15, 2009 at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (KU).

As many as 100 scientists from 30 countries of the world are expected to attend the international event, organised by Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), KU.

ICCBS Director, Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, stated on Friday that the aim of the event is to develop understanding and appreciation of the emerging field of Molecular Medicine and Drug Research in Pakistan, to bring together leading experts in the field of molecular medicine from across the world and forge global partnership for the common benefits of humanity and rapid development of the countries in the South.

"The inaugural ceremony of the molecular event will be held on Monday at 9.30 am at the ICCBS Auditorium. The KU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui will inaugurate the symposium while COMSTECH Coordinator General and former Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman, Prof. Dr Atta-ur-Rahman will be the guest of honour at the occasion. KU Dean Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Prof. Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, and others will also express their views in the inaugural ceremony," he added. The News

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