Visually challenged students receive IT certification

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Tvm: Chief Minister Shri V S Achuthanandan gave away the certificates to 45 visually challenged trainees who have successfully completed the Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) course named ‘Computer Training for Visually Challenged Persons’ today at a function held in Trivandrum.  He also launched the fourth phase of INSIGHT activities.

Speaking at the function, the CM said, “The Insight initiatives have been helping the differently abled to get an understanding about IT and its possibilities; moreover, it helps the aspirants get placements after the training. The Government of Kerala will take all possible steps to promote such initiatives”.

Dr. Ajay Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary (IT) said that all efforts would be taken to upgrade Insight into a national centre.  The fourth phase of INSIGHT activities envisages rolling out the project throughout Kerala and aims at reaching out the benefits of IT training to persons with varied forms of disability, including persons with visual / physical / mental challenges, through Akshaya centres.

An initiative of the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) in association with SPACE (Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employment), INSIGHT uses the possibilities offered by Information and Communication Technologies to make the differently abled people of Kerala active participants in the development process. Established in May 2007, the project embodies the Kerala Government’s IT Policy 2007 that the benefits of ICT should reach all sections of the society. A first-of-its-kind initiative in Kerala, INSIGHT aims at enabling the differently abled through the deployment of free software.

INSIGHT has been conducting a wide variety of training programmes for persons with disabilities or different abilities. The INSIGHT Resource Centre in Trivandrum has been providing in IT skills to persons with disabilities, mainly the visual challenged, on Open Source Computing tools. They are trained to effortlessly navigate the computer and to use the computer to facilitate day-to-day communication through employing ORCA, a free open source scriptable screen reader technology.

To enhance the credibility of the training programmes, INSIGHT entered into an arrangement with IGNOU, whereby the University would evaluate the performance of the trainees and award certificates.

Dr. Rethan Kelkar IAS, Director, IT Mission; V N Rajashekaran Pillai, VC, IGNOU and Korath V Mathew, Director, Akshaya were some of the dignitaries present on the occasion.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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