Tvm: Insight, a first-of-its-kind initiative in Kerala which aims at enabling the differently abled through ICT, is on the look out for work from IT & ITeS companies to be taken up on an outsourcing basis. The idea is to obtain work from organisations and get the work done by their students. Insight plans to share the profit among its students.
Students are well trained in Open Office packages, Email, Internet, preliminary Shell Scripting etc. They also have a competitive typing speed and word accuracy. This makes them well suitable for data entry jobs, data mining, data extraction etc. About 80 % of the students are Graduates or Post Graduates in the age group 20-30.
Talking to Kerala IT News, James Mathew, Project Coordinator of Insight said, “We want to be the bridge between outsourcing companies and the disabled people. Since this is a new idea and one which is not established or proved, we understand the companies would be bit hesitant initially”. He expects the companies to outsource less critical tasks, on a test basis. One option is to outsourcing domestic / back end work to Insight.
Insight is an initiative of the Kerala State IT Mission in association with SPACE (Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employment). To enhance the credibility of the training programmes, Insight has an arrangement with IGNOU to evaluate the performance of the trainees and awards certificates. About three months back, 45 visually challenged trainees from Insight who successfully completed IGNOU’s course – ‘Computer Training for Visually Challenged Persons’ got their certificates from the Chief Minister Shri V S Achuthanandan.
The organisations would stand to benefit from this arrangement as this would be a cheap source of manpower with minimum or no financial risk involved. This would also bring laurels to the company’s CSR activities. The IT Mission had, earlier this year, organised a session on the need to sensitise the employers in IT & ITeS sector at Technopark in Trivandrum but it didn’t bring the desired results. “If organisations want to do a test job with us, they may opt for that too. They need not pay us for the work during the trial period,” adds James. Any takers?
Kerala IT News