The Karnataka High Court on Thursday set a two-month deadline for the State government to complete the process of converting school textbooks into an electronic publication book file (.epub) format for the benefit of students who are visual impaired [Karnataka State Disabled and Caregivers v. State of Karnataka].A division bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Suraj Govindaraj expressed its concern at the time taken by the State for the process, pointing out that all textbooks must be made accessible to students with visual disabilities before the beginning of the next academic year. .Additional Government Advocate Vani H, who represented the State, said that 132 books in the State curriculum have already been uploaded to the Karnataka Textbook Society's (KTBS) website in the e-pub format, and 403 books remain to be converted. The electronic publication, or epub format is a newer technology which makes books accessible to persons with visual impairments, rather than braille. The cost to convert each textbook is ₹3-4 lakh, she said. The government is working with various NGOs to convert all the textbooks, she added..During the last hearing, the Court had directed the State to conduct a survey to identify the number of visually impaired students in government and private schools across the state. According to the survey report, there are 1,692 blind students in the State, including 1,014 in private schools, 533 in aided schools and 145 in government schools..Advocate Varsha R Iyengar, representing the petitioners requested for time to verify the report presented by the State, as the number of visually impaired students is likely to be higher. .The Court granted two months time to the petitioner to verify the figures, and to the State to complete the process of converting the books.