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Dear all,

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‘NOT CHARITY, BUT A DUTY’

Report on Event Conducted by CEC IEEE SB

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An IEEE hub-level charity programme was conducted on Saturday, 6 February 2010 at the Central Institute on Mental Retardation, Murinjapalam, Thiruvananthapuram. The visit was a real eye-opener! A group of about 100 students (participants from Kottarakkara and College of Engineering, Chengannur) reached the Institute- truly a temple of knowledge for the mentally retarded children- at 10:30 am, where we were welcomed by Father Felix, Founder, Cental Institute on Mental Retardation, and his group of Sisters. The students were assembled and then addressed by Father Felix, who stressed on one point- Having less ability makes no one less human””. And by the end of the day, he really did drive home his point.

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According to Sir, knowing 4 basic shapes will help us learn the alphabet and numbers better. These basic shapes are: circle, triangle, square and rectangle. Again, students with a less-developed brain learn better if they are t/ught with association to the five senses- see, touch, smell, hear and taste.

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To demonstrate his point, he called three of his students to present a kuchipudi item in front of us. The students performed the dance piece flawlessly, despite the fact that two of them couldn’t speak and had limited hearing capability…

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We were also taken to see the students driving a car and even horse-riding!

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Students were then divided into 6 groups, each group led by a volunteer from the Institute. The six teams then dispersed in six different directions, to see and understand the working of the school and the procedure followed to educate such students.

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The first section was- knowing shapes.A sweet female teacher was interacting with 3 small boys when group 1 made its appearence there. She explained that here, students were first made to draw and colour the 4 basic shapes mentioned above so as to get aquainted with these shapes.

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The next section was about creating shapes.  Three other older students and a patient Sir, welcomed us and explained to us  that in that section, students were made to cut-out/saw-out metal or wooden shapes so as to be able to recognise shapes.

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The third section was all about combining shapes. We entered a cycle workshop with two students and the Sir there explained how the students were taught to separate, feel and then reassemble cyles.

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The fourth section was a cookery class were three girl students were being taught how to cook. The teacher explained that here, students were made to recognise colours and the girls were helped so as to be equipped enough and help their mothers in the kitchen. This was also one section where all the five senses could be used and developed (including the sense of taste, which was absent in the previous sections).

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We then skimmed through many photos showing achievements of these students in different spheres of art- dance, music and so on. We were informed there that a set of students from the Institute participated in the Republic Day march on 26 January 2010 at Rajpath and won the second prize there!

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We were next led to the dance sections, where students were training in Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam and Odissi. The enthusiasm with which the students came forward, be it to talk to the visitors or show us what they were learning, was really commendable.

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That section was followed by the singers’section(classical) and then the instruments section (guitar, veena, tabala). Next we were led to an adjacent room to consult a doctor about this issue. She told us that there were a few symptoms by which it was possible to recognise problematic mental growth in the initial stages of babyhood itself. It is then possible to give the required treatment and control the extent of the problem. She also told us that today technology was available so as determine whether the baby would have any problems, while in the mother’s womb itself.

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The session wound up with an interactive section with the students of the Institute. Students- Sachin, Anila, Mahesh and so many others- came forward to share thoughts without hesitation.

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For the next session, we were allowed to get a taste of the various lessons the students were having. In one hour, all of the visiting students tried a hand at Manipuri, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, classical music, instruments- veena, tabala, drums, guitar and many more. The visitors were given instructions and guided by the faculty and students there. The students also played a game with the Institute students using a parachute.

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Next was a scrumptious lunch, after which the visiting students shared their experience of the day- their emotions and thoughts. Father Felix then led us to a Freedom Centre- for and by the mentally retarded, at Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram. There the students were given a tour of the place and led to an auditorium where students of the Institute performed Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam dance pieces, which came out remarkable. They also played the National Song ‘Vande Mataram’ on their veenas.

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We had worried about the consequences of a charity programme, afraid that we would feel very depressed, seeing forlorn and lost faces. But, thankfully, we experienced just the opposite! That day we met students enthusiastic and hopeful, who had all realised their place in the world and were working hard to achieve it. It made all our troubles seem so light, so small.

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Same time, we were happy that man had realised that different kinds of people existed in the world and he was trying very hard to treat all of them the same and bring all to the same footing from where they could lead on their own! It was upto students like us, the so-called next generation, to continue the good work already started and also generate awareness and understanding in the society. It is important that we see each other as a unique individual and not compare on the basis of physical or mental state. An unknown but pleasant peace filled our hearts and mind. We carried back with us, not parched faces or love-longing eyes, but innocent yet ambitioos faces and truthful, but hopeful eyes, etched into our hearts!After tea, we dispersed to the beach, our hearts light with less or no worry and faces beaming!

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Regards,

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Bhavna S N,

WIE Vice-Chair,

IEEE CEC SB.

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Regards,

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Arunanand T A,

IEEE-in-Charge,

Students’ Executive Senate 2009-10,

CEC 2010 CS.

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Dear all,

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The Annual Activity Report 2008-09 of CEC IEEE SB is here.

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Disclaimer: The report is as such obtained from the student executives of CEC IEEE SB. The report shall not be treated as final, as it’s now seeking for authorized signature to become valid, which we expect to get within a few days time.

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Download Report

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Courtesy: Mr. Ajin Baby, Vice-Chairman, IEEE SB, CEC

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Regards,

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Arunanand T A,

IEEE Representative,

Students’ Executive Senate 2009-10,

CEC 2010 CS.

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Dear all,

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In response to the request from CEC Senate 2009-10, PRODDEC has submitted their Annual Work Report in time, and they are the first student body to respond to the aforesaid. Besides, they’ve done it marvelously, and I strongly believe that it shall be, of course, an inspiration for forthcoming years to go on with their works in a far better manner. I, on behalf of Senate, would like to thank and appreciate the team!

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You can download the Full Report from HERE

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PRODDEC Annual Report 2008-09

(In Brief)

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PRODDEC, born in 1995, has since proved to serve as a common platform for product development, creating thoughts and logical reasoning of both electronics and computer science students. PRODDEC has completed another year of activities.

Under the guidance of Ms Deepa  J, Staff coordinator of PRODDEC, the activities of this year were inaugurated by the adoption of the PRODDEC charter and the executive handing over. An executive council was formulated extracting the young dynamic brains from the student community.

The various activities of PRODDEC during this academic year included familiarization classes, project assistance to students etc.

PRODDEC conducted various classes and workshops for the students to improve their practical knowledge and skills.

The computer hardware familiarization workshop was conducted on 19-02-08 for the first semester students. It included a presentation about the hardware components and a hands-on session for the students to familiarize the hardware components.

An electronic component familiarization class and workshop was conducted for the first semester students on 24-03-08.  It included a presentation about the electronic components and a hands-on session for the students to familiarize them.

PRODDEC conducted a series of classes on the C programming language particularly oriented towards the students of the first semester and third semester. The classes were guided by the students from the fifth semester.

A series of workshops and classes on web technologies and web designing was conducted from 1-09-09 to 04-09-09 for the first and third semester students. A team of students were selected from the two batches for the college website committee.

To improve the practical skills of the students, PRODDEC conducted a series of workshops on PCB designing and soldering.  Students from the fourth semester attended the classes.

PRODDEC provided full technical support for the various events conducted in the college. The members were instrumental in ensuring the technical outlook of the various co-curricular activities of the college.

The centralized registration software for the sports meet was developed and used for the first time during the sports meet 2009. The new version of the software is currently under development and the full fledged system is expected to be used this year onwards.

For the first time in the history of CEC, the registration for the arts festival was made online. PRODDEC developed the website for the same.

The college witnessed peak of technical activities during SUMMIT 09, the technical festival organized by our college. PRODDEC participated actively in providing the technical support during SUMMIT 09.

The project expo conducted in the college as a part of SUMMIT 09, was organized by PRODDEC. PRODDEC conducted a project programme for two months prior to the event to develop the exhibits needed for the expo.  As part of SUMMIT 09, PRODDEC developed the website for the event, the software for event administration, software for conducting the online event and the prelims of various events like c debugging, web designing and linux guru. It is a proud aspect that the event administration software developed for SUMMIT 09 has been used in two other similar events in different engineering colleges in Kerala after SUMMIT.

PRODDEC developed the digital scoreboard for Campion 09, Intra IHRD football tournament organized by our college. The website for the event and the system for the inauguration of Campion were developed by PRODDEC.

This academic year was for sure, a period of resurrection for PRODDEC. Let us hope that the strive for technical excellence remain un faded in the minds of the students.

ACTIVITY REPORT 2008-09

NO PROGRAM DATE VENUE NO OF PARTICIPANTS PRESENTED BY
1 WORKSHOP ON COMPUTER HARDWARE 19-02-08 COLLEGE 100 S4 AND S6 STUDENTS
2 WORKSHOP ON ELECTRONIC COMPONENT FAMILIARIZATION 24-03-08 COLLEGE 120 S4 AND S6 STUDENTS
3 SEMINAR ON NETWORKING AND WEB TECHNOLOGIES 1-09-09 COLLEGE 50 MR. MIDHUN GEORGE
4 WORKSHOP ON WEB DESIGNING 02-09-09 TO 04-09-09 COLLEGE 25 MR. JOFIN JOSEPH
5 WORKSHOPS ON PCB DESIGNING 02-09-09 TO 04-09-09 COLLEGE 70 MR. JOSEPH PETER
6 WORKSHOP ON PCB SOLDERING 06-09-09 TO 15-09-09 COLLEGE 50 MR. SARATH S
7 TALENT SCAN 05-11-09 COLLEGE 150 S6 STUDENTS
8 CLASSES ON C PROGRAMMING FEBRUARY 2009 COLLEGE 80 MS SUSANNA SANTHOSH
9 PRODDEC PROJECT PROGRAMME JULY 2009 COLLEGE 80 S5 AND S7 STUDENTS
10 PROJECT EXPO, SUMMIT 09 16-O8-09,, 17-08-09 COLLEGE PRODDDEC MEMBERS


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Courtesy: Jofin Joseph-CEC-2010-CS, Secretary, PRODDEC 2008-09.

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Regards,

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Arunanand T A,

CEC 2010 CS.

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