BU Braille Resource Centre

Bangalore University has set up a Braille Resource Centre as an Enabling Unit for its visually challenged students in postgraduate departments, and affiliated and autonomous colleges. This centre provides assistive technologies to educate and rehabilitate students with disabilities such as blindness and low vision.

The varsity is also providing course materials in Braille, study material in CD and audio formats for which books are not available in Braille, scholarships to all the students at the rate of Rs. 500 per month for 10 months in one instalment, JAWS talking software that converts a computer into a talking PC, etc., to visually impaired students.

GRE campaign

The GRE Programme at Educational Testing Service (ETS) conducted a series of road shows and campaigns to make students aware of the revised General Test by GRE in Bangalore. As a part of this, the campaigning team visited Garden City College on August 28 and New Horizon College of Engineering on August 29 to interact with students and share detailed information about the test.

More such campaigns will be held across the city in the coming month. Students will get easy access to all the information related to GRE revised General Test along with some interesting giveaways and goodies from ETS during the college road shows.

Training summit

The IBS Training and Placement Officers’ Summit was held on September 31. Placement officers from over 45 colleges across Karnataka and Tamil Nadu participated in the summit that was inaugurated by Manab Bose, Founder and Director, Think Tank, along with K. Balakrishnan, Director, IBS Bangalore. Dr. Bose spoke about leadership skills expected from employers and also the growing sectors in the Indian economy.

WISE Pro

Wipro has announced the launch of a nationwide initiative, the Wipro Integrated Skill Enhancement Programme (WISE Pro).

The aim of the programme is to impart communication and soft skills training to undergraduate students, predominantly from non-engineering colleges in India, with the aim of improving their employability in the Information Technology, Business Process Management (BPM), as well as other services sectors.

The pilot programme of the WISEPro initiative has been introduced in Kolkata.

Wipro plans to extend this programme nationally to over 5,000 students by the end of the 2014 financial year and especially, make inroads into smaller centres in the country, besides the large cities.

Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a certification, post an assessment by Wipro.

The certification will enable the candidates to be eligible for a placement at Wipro, if they are able to successfully clear one round of interviews as opposed to three or four levels of screening usually followed while recruiting fresh graduates at the company.

KSCST best project award

Students of the Department of Electronics and Communication, BMS Institute of Technology, Yelahanka, bagged the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology Best Project of the Year Award for their prosthetic limb control using adaptive signal processing of EMG SIGNALS for the year 2013-14.

Harshitha Parnandi Venkata, Madhuri T.M., Modini S. and Sneha Das worked on the project with the guidance of Saneesh Cleatus Thundiyil and Raghavendra S.

The prosthetic limb will facilitate easy movement and requires comparatively less effort and energy to move limbs than the regular ones available.

The number of cables in the prosthetic limb has been reduced by using wireless transmission of signals.

The prosthetic limb helps the amputee in easy locomotion and makes walking less stressful.