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Debra Ruh

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Pakistan: Karachi University set to accommodate hearing-impaired students

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Interesting research from the Karachi University in Pakistan -  Special thanks to Thanks of Ryuhei Sano San - JICA/APCD  and Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for passing this to me.

A researcher in the Department of Computer Science, University of Karachi (KU) has developed a methodology to help accommodate the hearing-impaired in regular classes.  The methodology was developed under a project titled “Roshni” (light) in Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence by senior lecturer of the department, Syed Asif Ali, who has been engaged in research in this field for the last 12 years.  As per the methodology, special students will be now be able to attend classes with normal students in the same classroom.  Named the “Uniform Educational System by Information Technology,” the research project aims at using IT speech and vision matching on mathematical and statistical basis.   The project is in its phase of completion. This research has been published in ISI Index and proceedings of IEEE Conference 2010 in China.  It has also been marked as the important research work in the International Conference for Computers and in the Special Conference 2010, University of Vienna, Austria.

Given the fact that there was an absence of a comprehensive system which allowed special students and normal students to acquire education in the same classroom, KU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim showed interest in the project, and the university allowed PhD level research on the topic.   Chairman Prof. Dr Aqil Burney has been overseeing the process from its initial phase, and has also supervised the research work.  With the implementation of this project, KU will become the pioneer of using latest technology for special students.