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FOR A GREAT CAUSE: P. Pradeep Kumar, General Manager, State Bank of India (extreme left), handing over a cheque to G. Thiruvasagam, founder, Vizhiyagam, in Madurai on Thursday. Photo: G. Moorthy.
FOR A GREAT CAUSE: P. Pradeep Kumar, General Manager, State Bank of India (extreme left), handing over a cheque to G. Thiruvasagam, founder, Vizhiyagam, in Madurai on Thursday. Photo: G. Moorthy.

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To emerge successful on a par with normal people

MADURAI: Jobs are aplenty in the field of information technology but can the visually challenged persons make a foray into it and emerge successful on a par with normal people? Yes, they can, if they undergo training at Rotary Helen Keller Talking Book Library, Vizhiyagam.

P. Pradeep Kumar, General Manager, State Bank of India, inaugurated the Computer Training Centre Project for visually impaired at a function held on the Vizhiyagam premises here on Thursday.

Later, he handed over a cheque for Rs.2.49 lakh to G. Thiruvasagam, founder, and distributed cassettes containing Teacher Recruitment Board study materials to visually impaired students.

Presiding over the function, Dr. Thiruvasagam said every year as many as 820 students, who graduated out of 384 colleges were visually impaired students and they struggled to get employment for want of computer skills. But thanks to speech software like Job Access With Speech, employment opportunities now beckon them.

He also pointed out that the centre had planned to seek the help of Madurai Kamaraj University to provide students with a diploma certificate after completion of the course.

The talking library has 3,500 books for sixth to twelfth standards, on English and Tamil literature, quiz, general knowledge, competitive examinations, tourism, personality development etc. N. Sadasivam, Deputy General Manager, State Bank of India, S. Venkatraman, Assistant General Manager, S. Meenakshi Sundaram, Assistant Manager, and Nicholas Francis, Director of the talking library, were present.

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