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Innovation that will change the life of Blind People by Dr. Nikisha Jariwala

Surat (Gujarat) [India]: Since 2009, Dr. Nikisha Jariwala is working as an Assistant Professor in Smt. Tanuben & Dr. Manubhai Trivedi College of Information Science, Surat Gujarat. She has completed Bachelor of Computer Application and Master of Computer Application from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat with the First rank in university. She has earned a doctorate from Uka Tarsadia University.

In 2013, she set out to combine her love for technology with her passion for helping people and so the transliteration project was born. Her research topic was “Design and Development of the Model to Transliterate Digitalized Multilingual Text into Braille and Speech – An Aid for Visually Impaired People”. It will be beneficial to the visually impaired people of our society. It is to be noted that, As our honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi has started the Abhiyaan for Aatma Nirbhar Bharat; this model is the proof of it as it is “Make in India” which is developed by one of the Bharatiya Dr. Nikisha Jariwala.

Her research focuses on the multilingual text of 3 languages: Gujarati – Regional Language, Hindi- National Language, and English – an international language.

The Model is divided into 4 parts:

  1. Plain Multilingual text to Braille
  2. Mathematical Text to Braille
  3. Drawing shape to Braille
  4. Text to Speech

With the help of the model, multilingual documents such as news articles, scientific literature, current trends, study literature, etc available on the internet will be able to transliterate in Braille and speech. So that it can be used by blind children and people to enhance their knowledge and remain in touch with current affairs and can also be used in their education.

It will help to generate Braille for Educational content, storybooks, and news, etc. from Gujarati, Hindi, and English text.

It will encourage and inspire other citizens of our society to carry out the work and research that will be benefitted to the needed people of our society.

The Andhjan Shikshan Mandal School for Blind in surat has helped her to verify and test the veracity of her model and in doing so dropped her square in the spotlight. Currently, the model is deployed at the school and it’s a view validated by a student from the institute. The pupil was quoted by Indian news agency ANI (Asia News International) as saying “Earlier our teacher read out newspapers for us, now we will able to read them. Quoted by Zeel Rathod.

Her research was recognized by GUJCOST and her project received a grant for it in 2015. Her research was also recognized by GIS (Gujarat Innovation Society) established under the guidance of our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and she received Trend Setter Award in April 2016.

Among the plaudits, she has won, is the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lifetime Achievement National Award, given to Dr. Jariwala for her contribution to the development of the nation and achieving outstanding excellence in the field of teaching, research, and publication on August 17, 2019, by International Institute for Social and Economic Reforms (IISER), Bengaluru.

She received an Award of Excellence for getting recognized as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science from the Alumni Association of Shrimad Rajchandra Institute of Management and Computer Application, Uka Tarsadia University, Bardoli in March 2018.

She also received the Research Excellence Award 2020 for “Transliteration of Digital Gujarati Text into printable Braille” from the Institute of Scholars in February 2020.

She received the Outstanding Person of the Year Award for an active citizen of Society for the year 2019 on 27th September 2019 from JCI (Junior Chamber International), Surat.

She also received “Naari Gaurav Sanman” from Siddhant Lime Pvt. Ltd association with Exotic Web Media Digital Channel on the International Woman’s Day 2020.

She also received the honor with Certificate of Excellence from HERstory times award 2020 in 100womenindex on the occasion of International Woman’s Day 2020.

She received National E-Innovation Award-2019 from MUGU International Foundation, Himachal Pradesh on 16th March 2020.

She received Pride of Nation Pratibha Samman Award 2020 in Global Achievers / Teachers Conference 2020 from MVLA Trust given in recognition of Meritorious Services, Outstanding Performance, and Remarkable Role as an achiever for Building Sustainable Global Society on 5th September 2020.

She received Award for the Contribution to the Education Community in Global Teaching and Excellence Award 2020 on 27th December 2020, Delhi.

She was invited as a Panelist for the Panel Discussion on #SheInspiresUs the Campaign initiated by our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi by PinkPreneur to celebrate International Woman’s Day 2020.

She also joined as a Cause Ambassador in the FINDABED an initiative made by IIMUNOfficial by the Youth for the Country to find a bed in the nearest COVID centre and you can also help build it.

She has 4 books published ASP.NET, VB.NET, Introduction to Computers & Data Structure with C, and Chapters to her credit.

She has authored and co-authored many research papers in International Journals and conferences in the area of Natural Language Processing, Digital Image Processing, Web Intelligence, Cloud Computing, etc.

She serves as a Technical Programme committee member and reviewer in no. of journals and international conferences. She has also served as a chairperson for the special session in the international conferences.

She is a lifetime member of the computer society of India (CSI) and also a member of IEEE, ACM, Gyancity, SASS, Insc, etc.

She also has a YouTube channel with the name Dr. Nikisha Jariwala where she provides tutorials and tips on various subjects of Computer Science and Information Technology.