Identity cards were issued to 320 speech and hearing impaired engineering students of the Kalasalingam University by the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for the Handicapped here on Wednesday.

Members of the centre, which functions under the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment, interacted with students of Computer Science Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and registered the students’ names, marks and skills in the ID cards.

The card will enable students to get jobs in sthe State and Central Governments, and also in the private sector.

It allows them to avail bank loans without any interest for starting their own small scale industries and also makes them eligible to get additional benefits from the Central Government. University Vice-Chancellor S. Saravanasankar presided over the function which had nine final year students receiving job offer letters from a leading private company.

Job mela in June

A job mela is to be organised for speech and hearing impaired students in June at the university.

It is open for students from Madurai, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts for free.

Grant for project

The Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai, has granted Rs. 10,000 to four final-year civil engineering students of Kalasalingam University for conducting a research project on construction of tsunami-resistant structures.

Ramkumar, Ram Prasath, V. Renganathan Karthic and J. Rengaraj, fabricated models and found that buildings with diagonal orientation were better suited to withstand a tsunami than buildings with a straight orientation.

The students were also involved in designing tsunami-resistant houses for fishermen which the council recognised as a people-friendly project.