Archive for June, 2010

First steps into IT – Job Fair for the Visually Challenged

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Company delegates interviewing Insight students The New Indian Express Report on the Job Fair

Thiruvananthapuram: Travancore Hall in Technopark was spot for a different job fair on Monday, the 28th of June, from any of the ones that it had hosted so far. The candidates of the job fair were visually challenged people hailing from different parts of the state. Insight and Kerala State IT Mission jointly organized the job fair. Seven IT companies and 45 Insight students participated. M K Solutions, a start up company, and LetsGoTravel, travel solution providers, have offered placements to four candidates. Among the four, two will be working on a project that will be outsourced to Insight. MobME, a mobile media and entertainment company, has also assured to employ two persons after identifying suitable positions in their firm. Ariva Med Data Infotech, Zyphix Technologies, Aceware Technologies and Attinad Software Pvt. Ltd. are the other companies that took part in the event.

 

The feedback from the delegates of the companies were highly encouraging as the event could bring a positive mindset on employing the visually challenged in the IT sector. The basic computing skills and confidence level of some of the candidates took the delegates by surprise. All the companies that participated in the job fair have agreed for prospective alliance with Insight for employing its visually challenged students. The job fair undoubtedly succeeded in stimulating a genuine attitude in the employers about the abilities of the differently abled.

 

Alappuzha Workshop

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Presentation on Insight The participants

People from varied credentials attended the district workshop in Alappuzha that was held on 23 June 2010. Akshaya district coordinator S Satyaprakash and assistant district coordinator M R Anoop, representatives of Centre for Social Studies and Gandhi Smaraka Grama Seva Kendram, visually challenged teachers and students and Akshaya entrepreneurs constituted the thirty plus audience. The event held at Brothers Auditorium received encouraging feedback from the participants.

 

VC Teachers’ Training Concludes in Pathanamthitta

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Teachers taking practical sessions Press report on the programme

 

The state-wide ICT training programme initiated by Insight concluded with the five-day training session in Pathanamthitta district. The programme supported by IT @ School was conducted in all the 14 districts in Kerala. The programme was intended to deliver the benefits of Information & Communication Technology to visually challenged school teachers in the state. The success of the programme is nothing less than an accomplishment for Insight.

 

The training programme in Pathanamthitta was held at IT @ School Resource Centre in Thiruvalla. It started on 14 June and concluded on 18 June 2010. Four visually challenged teachers in the district participated in the training programme.

 

Ernakulam Workshop

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Training session

The Ernakulam workshop held on 18 June 2010 ended in a spirited note with scores of suggestions from the participants. A good number of them requested to refashion ‘Swaram’ audio magazine to include separate sections for students and teachers. The workshop was held at School for the Blind in Aluva. Smt. Sheela, school principal, IT@School master trainer coordinator Sri. Jayan, school staff, students and visually challnged teachers from different schools attended. The school management has agreeed to arrange computers and other infrastructure, if Insight can provide a certified training  course at the school.

 

Pathanamthitta Workshop

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Municipal Chairman addressing the participants Demonstration on Insight Malayala Manorama report on the programme

 

Pathanamthitta, often called as ‘Pilgrim Capital of Kerala’, hosted the Insight workshop on 17 June 2010. The workshop received plaudits from the audience, that consisted of more than 40 people from various grounding. Sri. Cherian Polachirackal, Thiruvalla municipal chairman, inaugurated the event. Akshaya district coordinator Sri. Biju and Kerala Federation of the Blind representatives also took part.

 

District Panchayat Training concludes

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Hands-on session in progress Getting tuned to ICT

The District Panchayat training programme conducted by Insight that drew a bead on taking ICT to differently abled in the remote areas of Thiruvananthapuram successfully concluded on 16 June 2010. The programme was jointly organized by Kerala State IT Mission and Thiruvananthapuram District Panchayat. It took off on 1 February 2010 and spanned over four months, covering nine centres in the district.

 

Nearly 140 differently abled persons enjoyed the benefits of the programme. The visually challenged were provided training at the Insight centre in Vellayambalam. Insight team visited various Panchayats to offer training to people with other physical and mental challenges. This effort was highly appreciated and the beneficiaries have requested Insight to conduct training sessions on long-term basis.

 

Another Insight student finds placement

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Michael Raj

We are glad to announce the placement of one more of our student, Sri. Michael Raj, at M K Solutions, an IT startup based in Thiruvananthapuram. His primary responsibility will be monitoring customer complaints. Michael will also assist in inventory management. The company has offered to assess his performance during the first two months. The company will give us a feedback on the difficulties he might face in the roles assigned to him. This will help Insight shape its training programme to meet the requirements of the current job scenario. We express our gratitude to Sri. Krishnakumar, managing partner of M K Solutions, for his sensitive approach towards the cause. We hope that more employers will come forward to give the differently abled a chance to prove their mettle.

 

District Workshop at Malappuram

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Malappuram workshop that was held on 16 June 2010 was inaugurated by Sri. Arimbra Mohammed, president, District Panchayat. Sri. Salim Kuruvambalam, District Panchayat health and education standing committee chairman, and Akshaya assistant district coordinator Sri. Unni Madhavan were also present. Visually challenged teachers, special school teachers, Akshaya entrepreneurs and representatives of SHESHI, an NGO, participated in the workshop. Malappuram District Panchayat has been actively working towards educating the differently abled. Braille Saaksharatha is their pilot project for the visually challenged. They have put forward a proposal for association with Insight for expanding their activities in the subject area.

 

Training for Visually Challenged Teachers in Kollam

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Four visually challenged school teachers in the district of Kollam has found their way into the virtual zone. A five-day training programme on ICT was conducted by Insight for these teachers at Pattathanam Government SNDP School. The training will groom them to efficiently employ basic computer tools and the internet.

The training programme was inaugurated by Sri. K Bhaskar, Vadakkevila ward councilor, on 8 June 2010. The principal of the school Sri. R Radhakrishnan presided over the inaugural function. The programme is a part of the initiative to provide ICT training to visually challenged school teachers in association with the IT @ School project.

 

Workshop in Palakkad

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The workshop in Palakkad turned out well and the session teemed with numerous proposals from the audience to implement the work of Insight in the district. Smt. Prema, Karimpuzha panchayath president, inaugurated the workshop. Akshaya assistant district coordinator Sri. Boban Thomas was also present. Nearly 40 visually challenged teachers and students, parents, special school teachers and Akshaya entrepreneurs attended the function.