Archive for February, 2010

IGNOU approves INSIGHT Training

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has given its approval to back the certificate course provided for the differently abled at INSIGHT. INSIGHT, a project of the Kerala State IT Mission, has been endeavouring to empower the differently abled, mainly the visually challenged, through computers, Internet and other ICT tools.

INSIGHT has been running a customised training programme, spanning over 160 hours, for the benefit of the differently abled.  Training is provided in Free Software and is aimed at comprehensively equipping the differently abled to make best use of ICT. More than a 100 students from educational backgrounds have been trained by INSIGHT so far.

Further to this approval, all students completing the training and clearing the examination thereafter will be issued a certificate from IGNOU. More modalities on the actual implementation are being worked out.

Second batch of District Panchayat Training Programme for differently abled

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Second batch of Training , jointly conducted by Kerala State IT Mission and District Panchayat has started for differently abled students of Pallichal Panchayat . The training adds a new dimension as it gave them opportunity to use the accessible technologies available today to become self-reliant in life. It will continue for three weeks.

Training for Akshaya Entrepreneurs at Palakkad

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010


A two day training programme was held for the Akshaya Entrepreneurs at Palakkad on 10th and 11th February 2010, for training the Visually Challenged in using computers. 34 participants from different Akshaya centres participated in the training programme which was held at BPL Telecom Wireless and Computer Training Academy, Chandranagar, Palakkad.


Training for differently abled by KSITM and District Panchayat

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Manikadan taking class Shameer conducting the pre test

Hands on session Sajeevan taking class

The first batch of training for differently abled, jointly conducted by Kerala State IT Mission and District Panchayat has started on 1st February 2010. 21 visually challenged students are undergoing training at INSIGHT centre, on the use of computers with the latest free and open source ICT tools in two separate sessions.

The next set of trainings will be starting shortly.

Inauguration of District Panchayat Training Programme

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Shri. Anaavoor Nagappan Delivering his inaugural speech Dr. Rathan Kelkar addressing the audience

Audience Vinod demonstrating Orca

The inauguration of training for the differently abled, jointly conducted by the Kerala State IT Mission and District Panchayat was held on 30th January 2010. Hon. District Panchayat President Sri. Anavoor Nagappan inaugurated the programme.


KSITM Director Dr. Rathan Kelkar IAS, Sri. Anad Jayan( Member, District Panchayat), Sri. V.S Santosh ( Secretary, District Panchayat), Sri. K.Vijayachandran ( Director, Future India Foundation), Sri T.M Suresh Kumar (District Social Welfare Officer) and Dr. V. Sasikumar (Coordinator, SPACE) were also present for the function. Sri. V.S Aravind (Chairman, Social Welfare Standing Committee) presided over the function.


The first batch of training for 10 visually challenged will begin on 1st February 2010. The training will attempt to equip them with the required free software ICT tools.

Insight centre inaugurated at Calicut University

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Mujeeb demonstrating ORCA to Vice Chancellor audience present for the inauguration

Inauguration by Vice Chancellor

The Inauguration of Insight Centre at Calicut University was held on 28th January 2010 at CHMK Library, Calicut University. Hon. Vice Chancellor, Smt. Anwar Jahan Zuberi inaugurated the centre. The centre inside the C.U library, will benefit the Visually Challenged students to access the huge repository of e-Books and e-Journals available in the library. Free training will also be given to the students at the centre on Ubuntu platform using the Orca screen reader.

Insight will shortly  be conducting a training programme for the
library staff of Calicut University on accessible technologies for the Visually