Archive for May, 2010

One day Workshop for teachers and parents of autistic children

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

A one day workshop was conducted on 24th May for parents and special educators at Autism Sisukshema kendram of Kerala State Child welfare council, Thrissur . The workshop familiarized the participants with Gcompris, a free software educational package. Altogether 26 teachers and parents of autistic children from the institute participated in the training programme.The general opinion from Teachers during the feedback session was that Gcompris will be helpful in improving the functional academic concept of the autistic children.

Training for VC teachers in association with KFB Teacher’s Forum

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Soori taking class Teachers in class

Shameer taking class Feedback Session

A training programme was held at Insight for 10 VC school teachers from various districts of Kerala in association with KFB Teacher’s Forum from the 17th to the 22nd of May. Slightly advanced topics were covered during the course upon the request of the teachers. Training was suspended on 21st due to exams at Insight.


Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

prof-menon-giving-instructions-to-the-students exams-in-progress

exams-in-progress-1 viva

The first examinations conducted by IGNOU for Insight students was held at the Insight centre on 21st May 2010. 27 visually challenged students attended the exam which was held from 10:00 am to 4:30pm in 3 batches. Prof. T.U.K Menon, Programme-in-Charge officer from IGNOU supervised the proceedings of the day.

Alpha release of Malayalam Text to Speech software

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

We are glad to announce the release of Swaram – the first Text to
Speech System in Malayalam, based on the festival engine. You can
download the package from here.

This is an alpha release primarily intended for testing purposes and
bug-fixing. This has been tested with version 1.96 of the festival
speech engine, and is expected to work on GNU/Linux distributions
which uses GNOME as the desktop interface.

The software was developed almost entirely by the efforts of Mr. Rijoy
V, who has been working on this for the past 10 months. Kindly send in
your queries and suggestions to rijoy dot v at

Workshop for creating audio tutorials

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

KK taking class Students attending the workshop

A two day workshop was held at INSIGHT in association with IIT Bombay, for creating audio tutorials for the Visually Challenged. Around 20 visually challenged students participated in the workshop that was held on the 3rd and 4th of May. During the workshop the students were divided into groups, and asked to  prepare scripts and get it recorded. Four tutorials of around 10 minute duration was prepared as part of the workshop. The sessions were led by Krishnakant Mane and  Anusha Kadambala from IIT Bombay.

Training for Akshaya Entrepreneurs at Kottayam

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

A training programme for the Akshaya Enterprenures was conducted at NIC hall, collectorate Kottayam on 24th April 2010. 31 participants from different Akshaya Centers took part in the programme. The training was conducted with the objective of equipping the Akshaya entrepreneurs with the necessary technical skills to train the visually challenged in using computers .

Training for Akshaya Entrepreneurs at Ernakulam

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

A training programme for the Akshaya Entrepreneurs was held at Model Engineering college, Ernakulam on 22nd & 23rd April 2010.It was a training for the Akshaya trainers to train the visually challenged in using computers. 14 participants of Ernakulam district participated in the programme.