Computer Applications for the Visually Impaired

Vision of the Department

To provide quality education for the Visually Impaired in accessible learning environment in the areas of Commerce and Computer Applications to make them fit for employment and to pursue higher education equally with abled persons.

Mission of the Department

  • Empowering Visually Impaired in accessible learning with the latest curriculum focused on Outcome Based Education.

  • Providing technical knowledge and skills to enhance their academic career  leading to employment through quality teaching with  Innovative & accessible latest software.

  • Enhancing professional and ethical values among Visually Impaired  by educating them about the society.

 

About the Department

Diploma in Computer Applications for the Visually Impaired was started from 2005-06 exclusively for the Visually Impaired students to empower them in job-oriented professional course, to increase their job prospects in the context of globalization and to make them self-reliant and self-competent.  This course imparts training in various subjects like Computer Applications, Commerce, Call Center Training, Mass communication and journalism etc., by our dedicated and committed staff.

The Computer Applications for the Visually Impaired Department has been equipped with Special Screen Reading Software which makes computer learning easier.  Assistive devices like tactile graphics (embossed figures) and course materials which are provided in Braille makes learning better. 

A person born with visual impairment has limited opportunities in pursuing their studies. A diploma course is now available for visually impaired those who desire to continue their education in a professional field. This course is offered exclusively for the visually impaired at diploma level for the first time in the country. This course aims to provide basic skills such as English communication, accounting, commerce, banking, Business arithmetic, functional management, mass communication & call-centre training and technical skills in the area of basics of computers, MS Office, Network and trouble shooting. The methodology of teaching is supported by assistive technologies for the visually impaired such as Braille, text / picture embossers, JAWS & NVDA screen readeing software, typing tutorial, OBR and audio-visual equipments. The teaching faculty is well equipped with Braille and usage of special gadgets in addition to their area of expertise.

Eligibility: Visually impaired (partial or total) candidates who have passed SSLC (Karnataka) or its equivalent are eligible for admission.

Program Outcome(PO'S)

PO-1: Basic and Discipline specific knowledge: An ability to apply Commerce, English Language, Office Work Skills for Corporate and Government Sectors towards solving the managerial functions in executing the jobs independently at all levels of management.

PO-2: Problem Analysis: Identify and analyse well-defined Business, Office Management and Secretarial Problems in Corporate and Government Sectors by using Explicit Knowledge methods.

PO-3: Design/ Development of Solutions: Ability to plan and use modern office tools and equipment in managerial and secretarial activities for solving problems with real time examples.

PO-4: Managerial / Secretarial Tools: Apply appropriate office automation tools and techniques in commerce and office management requirements.

PO-5: Business and office practices for society, sustainability and environment: Apply Business, Management and Office knowledge in the context of society, sustainability, environment and ethical practices.

PO-6: Project Management: Use Business, Management and Secretarial Principles as a team member, individual, Professional or a leader to manage activities by effective communication.

PO-7: Life-long learning: To identify the need of visually impaired for continuous updating of knowledge and skills relevant society and change in technology.

 

Program Educational Objective’s(PEO'S)

PEO1: To provide necessary skills required for Office Management and become valuable Human Resources.

PEO2:  Imparting continuous and value based education to enable the students to uphold the Professional and                     Ethical Values.
PEO3: To provide Visually Impaired students with an academic environment needed for enhance their                                   Employability Skills.
PEO4:  To Motivate Visually Impaired students to get into Higher Education

 

Program Specific Objective’s (PSO's)

  1. PSO1: To enable the Visually Impaired, the basic knowledge about computers using special screen reading                           software.
  2. PSO2: To strengthen verbal ability, Spoken and Written English, including the essentials of English Grammar and                 Usage.
  3. PSO3:To replace the age-old “Scribe” system with the computer-based-test (CBT) for Internal and Technical Board              Examinations.

 

Course Outcome: The candidates who have secured this diploma can be placed in private / government organization, business / commercial / industrial establishments as Computer Operators, Administrative assistants, Tele Callers, Call Center personnel, Typists and Receptionists, Customer Care Representatives, etc. Students can also opt for higher education in B.Com / BBM degree offered by recognized universities.

Computer Applications for the Visually Impaired Lab has been equipped with latest technology such as Job-Access-with-speech (JAWS) and Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a special screen reading software which enables the visually impaired students to read the contents on the computer screen. Electronic Tactile Graphics maker duplicates figures/illustrations in embossed form and enables the visually impaired to touch, feel and visualize illustrations. Braille Printers which supports for the conversion of text material into Braille. NUDI software is used for Kannada computer typing, The Computer Lab is equipped with the latest computer system with Internet Facilities. Spacious, well furnished classrooms are provided for the visually impaired students to make them comfortable in learning.  The Department is strengthened by well qualified and committed faculty members.

The Computer  Labs are being taught to make the student to understand the concepts of Computer such as Basics of Computer, MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Internet, Networking and Troubleshooting, JAWS Configuration and NVDA Installation etc., It helps visually impaired students to improve their self confidence in gaining more job opportunities in computer field.

 

Facilities:  Computer Lab

Computer labs have been setup with one to one facility equipped with latest Desktop computers  (Dell Systems with Core  i5  4GB RAM  1TB HDD, preloaded Windows 10), The entire computer Labs are provided with Internet Facility and WiFi. Surveillance cameras are installed in the lab.

  1. Software:  Campus is covered under Microsoft License Agreement. 
  2.                   OS: Windows 10 
  3.                   Application Software: MS Office 2016, JAWS, NVDA

This lab is being used to train the students of this department in the following subjects:

  • Basic Computer Applications Lab – I &II
  • English Computer Typing (Speed 30WPM) , (Manuscript) &(Speed 40 WPM)
  • RDBMS Lab
  • Networking and Trouble Shooting Lab
  • Fundamentals of  Web Designing Lab
  • Print and Digital Media
  • Electronic and New Media
  • Project Work
  • Placement Activities like On - Line Tests and Interviews etc.,
  • Guest Lectures and Workshops.

 

Course Contents:  The department is regularly revising the syllabus since 1999 – 2000 to suit the needs of the industries demand. The present curriculum (course code: 63) is revised in the year 2017-18,2018-19 and 2019-20 The subjects covered are:

I Semester

Sl.No.

Course Code

Course Name (subjects)

1

6311

Essential English Grammar – I

2

6312

Introduction to Computer Concepts

3

6313

Business Studies – I

4

6314

Financial Accounting – I

5

6315

English Language Lab – I

6

6316

Basic Computer Applications Lab – I

7

-

English Computer Typing (Practice Only)

8

-

Psychology and Counselling – I

 II Semester

Sl.No.

         Course Code

Course Name (subjects)

1

6321

Essential English Grammar – II

2

6322

Business Studies – II

3

6323

Financial Accounting – II

4

6324

English Language Lab – II

5

6325

English Computer Typing (Speed 30WPM)

6

6326

English Computer Typing (Manuscript)

7

6327

Basic Computer Applications Lab - II

8

-

Psychology and Counselling – II

III Semester

Sl.No.

Course Code

Course Name (subjects)

1

6331

English Grammar and Composition-I

2

6332

Business Arithmetic

3

6333

Mass Communication and Journalism-I

4

6334

Call Centre Training

5

6335

English Computer Typing - III(Speed 40 WPM)

6

6336

RDBMS Lab

IV Semester

Sl.No.

Course Code

Course Name (subjects)

1

6341

English Grammar and Composition-II

2

6342

Functional Management

3

6343

Indian Constitution and Professional Ethics

4

6344

Mass Communication and Journalism-II

5

6345

Networking and Trouble Shooting Lab

6

6346

Secretarial Skills and Practice

7

-

Specific Disability Skills-II

8

-

Tantrika Kannada –2 or Kannada Kali-2

V Semester

Sl.No.

Course Code

Course Name (subjects)

1

6351

Comprehensive English-I

2

6352

E-Commerce

3

6353

Elements of Economics

4

6354

Banking law & Practice

5

6355

Fundamentals of  Web Designing Lab

6

6356

Print and Digital Media

VI Semester

Sl.No.

Course Code

Course Name (subjects)

1

6361

Comprehensive English-II

2

6362

Income Tax Practice

3

6363

Business Law

4

6364

Indian Financial System

5

6365

Electronic and New Media

6

6366

Project Work

 

BHAGYASHREE N G
Designation: Lecturer
Educational Qualification M.A
Area of Specialization: English
E-Mail: bhagyashreeng03@gmail.com

BHAGYASHREE N G
SHANKAR S
Designation: Instructor
Educational Qualification Diploma in CP
Area of Specialization: Computer Typing & Basics of Computer
E-Mail: shankarjsspda.cp@gmail.com

SHANKAR S
GEETHA V
Designation: Programme Coordinator
Educational Qualification M.com
Area of Specialization: Commerce
E-Mail: gnaneshgeetha@gmail.com

GEETHA V
Department Computer Applications for the Visually Impaired's activities

Activities:  

  • Guest lectures are organized by ISTE and IIPC, on a regular basis on concepts of Networking, Overview of Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired, Basics of Networking and Trouble Shooting, Personality Development.
  • Skill Abled training and also planning to organize the guest lecture in the areas Life Skills, Interview skills, Communication and Behavior Skills etc.
  • Opportunities are given to students who are interested in participating in extracurricular activities like sports and cultural. Many of them have won several prizes till date.

Visually Impaired Diploma holders have been placed in various Government Offices, NGOs, Banks, Schools, Companies such as Wipro, IBM, CISCO, SUN ITES etc.,