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PM Modi receives copy of the Assamese Dictionary Hemkosh in braille

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 21, 2022, received a copy of the Braille version of the Assamese Dictionary ‘Hemkosh’ from Jayanta Baruah.
  • According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Hemkosh was among the earliest Assamese dictionaries dating back to the 19th century.
  • PM Modi complimented Jayanta Baruah and his team for his efforts leading to the publication of the Braille version.
  • Hemkosh is the first Assamese dictionary which was edited by Hemchandra Baruah in the 19th Century and it was published in 1900 four years after his demise. From then on, his family has been publishing the dictionary and the editions four to 14th were compiled and edited by Jayanta’s father Pran Debananda Baruah, son of Hemchandra. Taking forward the legacy Jayanta conceptualised and published the Braille edition which has 10,000 pages and consists of more than 15 volumes.
  • The Braille edition’s first five volumes are ready for distribution while the remaining parts are being published.
  • This dictionary will be first full language dictionary in Braille, after the Oxford version.
  • Jayanta has announced that copies of this Braille version will be provided to all the educational institutions for the visually impaired students, universities, State and Central libraries and the National Library.

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