CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Association of the Blind will conduct one month of free computer training exclusively for visually challenged women starting on Monday at their premises in Tondiarpet.
The institution, which offers a one year post graduate diploma in computer applications certified by the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, aims to teach computer fundamentals and basic software like MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint to the batch of 15 candidates. P Deivasigamani, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Washermenpet was the chief guest at the inaugural event which was held on Monday.
“This course will be an initiation into computer education and will motivate them to learn more about computers,” said E Rajeshwari, vice-president of the association. The course will be for three hours a day, except on Sundays. The participants should have completed their 12th standard to join in the training session. However, all the candidates are under-graduates or post graduates studying in colleges across the city.
E Shaktivel, the computer teacher at the institute, said that the training module depended on software like Job Access With Speed (JAWS) and Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA). “Initially the students struggle as they find it difficult to visualise even the computer hardware,” he said.
Later, Babu Rajendrabose, Inspector of the Tondiarpet police station visited the computer lab of the institute and congratulated the office-bearers for the initiatives taken.