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WIE Week Inauguration
Commemorating the achievements of women across nations and over time, WIE branch of GEC Palakkad inaugurated WIE week celebrations on 14 March 2019 to signify the respect and appreciation for the women around us. This ineffable milepost commenced with an address from the Principal who recounted the incongruity of gender disparity in this technological era. Followed by a few words of magnitude from the SB Counselor, Dr. Vinita Chellappan and a thank you note by WIE Chairperson, Lakshmi Prakasan, the program concluded with a group photograph taken with the female faculty members of our college. The investiture of WIE week was furnished by sweet distribution and averment of events that will be held with regards to this.
Computer Literacy Class
A session on elementary technological utility was conducted on 13 March ‘19 for the non-technical staff of our college with the primary aim to educate on how to use computers and related technology efficiently, with a range of skills covering levels from fundamental usage. This class was geared to help users to learn more about the technology as well as how to do everyday tasks such browsing the web, managing files and folders, checking emails as well as using the Microsoft Office productivity tools. The program delivered fruitful results as the staff were equipped with necessary skills in various computer applications by the end of the session.
Let Me Speak 2
IEEE WIE branch of GEC Palakkad conducted Let Me Speak 2 with regards to Women’s Week celebrations on 18 March 2019. It provided an opportune platform that gave voice to thoughts of several students on the topic, ‘How to resolve the issues face by women in the present scenario?’. Casting quite a few issues of severity to limelight and accounting various measures to tackle these challenges, the event marked participation from the student fraternity of GEC Palakkad irrespective of gender. While some of the speakers drew upon their personal experiences, others explored on problems faced in this modern society. Plethora of solutions that ranged from technological to ethical and of judicial means were discussed during the expression of views on this pertinent topic.
A dynamic logo quiz was conducted by the WIE branch of GEC Palakkad on 20 March ‘19. It was a fun and interactive event that sought to test adroit thinking skills and knowledge on some popular logos. The quiz was divided into 3 rounds, namely ‘Identify the Logo’, ‘Identify the tagline’ & ‘Pick the odd one out’. The program ensured wide participation, intense competition and was received with positive acclaim. The results were announced a day later with the winners being given befitting recognition for their fluid dexterity and quick thinking skills.
Poster Creation Contest
A poster creation contest associated with the theme ‘ Women’s Day’ was held prior to the inauguration of WIE week as a pre-event. The competition provided an opportune platform for visionary designers with prolific ideas and cutting edge creativity to test their gifted demiurgic skills. Out of many innovative and illustrative designs submitted online, one selected poster was released with regards to WIE week inauguration
A high-powered session on the topic ‘Electrification in the transport sector’ was led by Jose Sebastian MJ, Associate Professor, Department of EEE. The talk dealt with the various aspects of how electrification at the convergence of mobility could transform our future. Different methods of radical adaptation to meet the demographic and economic growth without increasing congestion and pollution were also discussed. By the end of the session, students were asked to think about how to integrate this in a comprehensive vision for smarter cities.
An open debate with regards to wie week and as a part of IWD was organized in association with the Women Cell. Contention in argument of the topic, ‘Is technology a catalyst for good cultural change or not?’ transpired at the front entrance of the campus. About 17 participants including students from various departments as well as HODs and staff members ensured their vibrant presence and expressed their critical opinions during the course of the programme. The participants discussed how this era of modern technology has paved way to close gap in gender inequality and led to other colossal changes in the society. The moderator was Ms. Kavya of ECE Dept. who was very dynamic in carrying the entire debate in a streamlined manner. The whole hearted commitment of the IEEE fraternity, the retric discourse of the participants and the lively audience contributed to the overall success of the event.
Shein, in collaboration with the Women Cell was organized as a dynamic self defense class with regards to Parivarthan, a women’s camp that served as an expedition to exuberance.
From simple takedowns to chiseled chokeholds, different techniques of defending yourself at the face of danger was explained and practically shown. Various students from the audience asked several doubts related to overcoming your attacker without much exertion. Due to the wide positive response received, the session was set to continue as a regular class in the upcoming summer holidays.
IEEE SB of GEC Palakkad organized an open debate with regards to wie wave 2.0, an initiative by IEEE LINK as a part of IWD to celebrate the achievements of women throughout history and across nations. Contention in argument of the topic, ‘Should there be reservation for women especially in the tech field?’ transpired on 9 March ’18 from 1 pm to 2 pm at the front entrance of the campus. About 17 participants including students from various departments as well as HODs and staff members ensured their vibrant presence and expressed their critical opinions during the course of the programme. The moderator was Ms. Kavya of ECE Dept. who was very dynamic in carrying the entire debate in a streamlined manner. The whole hearted commitment of the IEEE fraternity, the retric discourse of the participants and the lively audience contributed to the overall success of the event.
She can Code
As part of Women’s day celebrations, WIE chapter of IEEE SB of GEC Sreekrishnapuram organised a workshop on Python and FOSS for girls on 8th March 2018. The class was handled by Biswas Tharakath and Naveen from S6 CSE of the college. The class began at 2:30pm and ended by 4:30 pm. Various topics including basics of linux commands and python were taught during the workshop .The primary aim of the workshop was to familiarize the basics of FOSS and python to girls. The session began with the commands of FOSS which was later followed by python. Few websites were introduced for further references. The workshop was successfully conducted with a total participation of 12 girls from CSE and IT department. Thanks to the IEEE Chairperson Biswas Tharakath for conducting the class effectively and WIE members for organising the workshop. Moreover thanks to all the participant girls for their active participation in the workshop and for making the event a success.
Bands of purple – Exclusive event on Women’s day.
As part of Women’s day celebrations IEEE SB GEC Palakkad organized an exclusive event called ‘The Bands Of Purple’ on March 8th, through which GECians became part of the International Women’s day celebrations. The student community and staff showed their support towards gender parity by wearing purple bands. The event proved to be a successful one, thanks to the involvement of the ieee volunteers and coordinators. Thanks also to the students and staff who joined the movement and helped to spread the message of gender equality.
LetMeSpeak – The Voice of Malabar
On 13th March 2018, IEEE SB of GEC Sreekrishnapuram conducted the first phase of the hub level competition, ‘LetMeSpeak- The Voice of Malabar’, as part of the WIE Week celebrations. The competition was meant to provide a platform for young women to express their opinions on current issues faced by women in the society.
The competition was conducted from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Seminar hall of cse department. The contestants were given 5 minutes each to speak out their minds. Though few in number, the participants showcased noteworthy performance and one among the 3 girls who participated, Ms.Fahmida of 2nd year EEE, got selected for the finals.
The competition helped to bring out the vigorous speakers of the SB, who made it a remarkable event.
RHEA is an IEEE Malabar Hub initiative with regard to bringing wholesome awareness on menstrual health and hygiene among individuals. Though the menstrual cycle is natural for every woman, many are still way behind in discussing it in public. IEEE SB GEC Palakkad in collaboration with Women cell brought a session on menstrual hygiene. The talk was conducted by Dr. Rakhi Chandran.