Online Resources at the Acharya
The Acharya site is
pleased to offer the following instructional material in the form of interactive
tutorials. These tutorials relate to the language sand scripts of India
as well as Braille, the medium effectively used by the visually handicapped.
The tutorials have
been designed with simplicity in mind and should run properly from most
browsers on almost all the platforms. There are no specific requirements
in respect of fonts or software to view the contents in different Indian
Learn to recognize Devanagari script.
This tutorial is meant
to help a student recognize the vowels, consonants and simple syllables
written in the Devanagari script. The page displays a syllable chosen
at random and the student is expected to identify it by typing in its reference
(name) in English. This is an interactive tutorial. Link
for the tutorial
Learn standard English Braille
This is a tutorial
on Standard English Braille for those who are interested in learning
the principle behind Braille. A comprehensive page explains the basis for
the 6 dot system and presents the cell assignments.
quiz associated with this tutorial displays a letter of the alphabet, punctuation
or a short word and the student is expected to identify the dots associated
with the Braille cell for the same. A specially designed form allows the
student to create the cell and submit the form.
There is a reverse
quiz supported as well which displays a dot pattern (cell) and asks the
student to identify the letter, punctuation or special word.
Learn Bharati Braille
This tutorial is on
the Braille standard adopted in India. The basis of Bharati
Braille is explained as also the assignment of cells. The 63 cells
constitute a script with the syllables of Indian languages are written.
There is a corresponding
interactive quiz associated with Bharati Braille. This quiz is specific
to each language. Currently, Sanskrit (Hindi), Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and
Malayalam may be chosen as the language for the quiz. The reverse quiz
where a cell is displayed and the student asked to identify the akshara
is also included.
Akshara Animation- stroking order for writing the aksharas.
This is an animated
presentation of the stroking
order for the aksharas in different scripts.
This tutorial is presented
as a Java Applet and will require Support for java in the Browser.