Free space science education for kids

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ISROKIDS Summer camp

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ISROKIDS is a summer camp organized by First planet. This program was telecasted in Jaya Plus channel. If you had missed the opportunity to watch it in TV, this is a chance for you, play this video and know what happened in ISROKIDS.

Students sensitised to career scope in IT/ITES sector

The Hindu, February 1, 2013

Students grasped the approach to pursue careers in IT / ITES sectors at the end of a conference at Cauvery College for Women here on Thursday.

Titled OSREADY (Open Source Ready Conference), the day-long event, oriented students on what is expected of them before they take up employment.

Chief Executive Officer 10{+t}{+h}Planet, Chennai, familiarised the participating students with contents of a book titled ‘how to get the first job’, and the portal containing e-learning inputs to nurture innovations and entrepreneurship.

The book was released by the College Principal S. Sujatha in the presence of S.P. Mohan, HR Trainer and State president of Tamil Nadu Youth Exnora.

The job portal where thousands of smaller IT/ ITES companies post their advertisements for free will be of immense utility to students, adding that it also guides them to prepare good resumes. Examples of successful women entrepreneurs were narrated to motivate the students as they could understand how working from home also amounts to self-employment and entrepreneurship, he said.



Tiruchi today(Open source ready conference)

The Hindu, January 31, 2013

Youth Exnora of Cauvery College for Women: Department of Biotechnology: Science Academies lecture workshop on ‘thrust areas life science’, G. Marimuthu, head, department of Animal Behaviour and Physiology, Madurai Kamaraj University, inaugurates, M. Jayaraman, president of the college council, releases souvenir, K. Rengarajan, secretary, felicitates, 10 a.m.; Open source ready conference, Kumaran Mani, CEO, 10 th Planet, Chennai, chief guest, V. Sujatha, principal, speaks, S. P. Mohan, state president of Tamil Nadu Youth Exnora, presides, 1.30 p.m.

Connecting the people through Internet


Internet link with our heart – start with this philosophy for firstplanet planning organizer k.Anandkumar.


Website for differently-abled

The Hindu, May 1, 2012

If technology can bring people together, it can also bring about a change,” says Sathasivam Kannupayan (29), who has created a website – – for differently-abled to network, motivate, teach and empower them.
Open Source has been doing wonders to wannabe innovators and entrepreneurs, like Sathasivam, who has completed MCA from the University of Madras. He has been exploring open source to help differently-abled persons like him land up in jobs in IT and ITES. Sathasivam is supported by First Planet in this venture.
The website has a host of informative links exclusively for differently-abled persons. Videos which carry stories of achievers who are differently-abled, interviews that speak of officials who made it to the top despite the challenge, a pool of information to enlighten users on various avenues, education options, aiding products, government policies, workshops, discussion, etc.
“I have met a lot of people in the past two years, who have carved a niche for themselves in spite of the disability. There are Government officials, entrepreneurs, activists, educationists, sports persons and artistes whose life is an inspiration by itself. The website has their tales,” says Mr. Sathasivam.
The website also has job posting facility connecting employer and the potential employee. Web-users can also develop their e-portfolio through the website which can be in writing and audio-visual format. “Branding oneself is important in the current scenario,” he adds.
“The main drawback among differently-abled is their low confidence. Though they are technically sound, they lack in soft skills. The website advocates honing their communication skill,” says this Salem-based youth.
“The plan is to target the rural youth and throw light on the job opportunities available to them in IT,” says Sathasivam. has details on sports activities that can benefit the challenged. “There are many sportspersons with physical challenges and many special sports such as wheel chair tennis and cricket for the visually challenged,” notes Mr. Sathasivam, who is a wheel chair tennis player. “I want to attract children to be part of such sports,” as they can get trained from a younger age.
The website, which is in Tamil and English, has space for sharing and discussion through social networking. It is also powered with mobile application. The website already has more than 100 members.

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Kalam Irangiyavargal

Puthiya Thalaimurai, May 29, 2012

Creating opportunities for unemployed youths in India.

The team at TenthPlanet Open Source Foundation explaining how they are helping job seekers to learn latest technologies.

Free Websites For Indian Business

Jaya TV, March 2, 2012

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School drop-out initiates employment drive

The Hindu, May 2, 2012

When 17-year-old Varun Sridharan was told three days ago that as an after effect of two operations on his ears last year, it might take a while before he regains his ability to hear, he immediately began planning ahead. “They said I have to start using hearing aids. I realised a lot would be spent on them and the batteries every month,” he says.

Instead, he decided to get a microphone Symbian application installed on this phone, and asked a programmer friend to boost the volume. “I just have to keep the phone in my pocket and my earphones plugged in, and I can hear so much better now,” says the boy, who dropped out of school a few years ago, to pursue his interest in emerging technologies.
“There was so much to do outside,” is his eager response on why he left school. And his life has been a testimony to that spirit. After enrolling for tennis classes, he left it midway because he felt the academy needed to leverage its services better online and ended up creating a site for them. When people said he drew well, he thought why not make ‘photoshop-ic caricatures’ of his own drawings. Programming, debugging, making websites, handling viruses, he has learnt and done it all.

Varun believes in the potential of technology to solve many problems. There is so much software freely available everywhere that can counter bigger problems, say unemployment, he confidently declares. His is one of the inspiring stories to emerge from the TenthPlanet Open Source Foundation which provides opportunities for engineering graduates who believe not getting into a top-notch software firm is not the end of the road.

For instance, Ushashree, an engineer from Perambur, over the last two years, has been frequenting sari shops in the city to create a catalogue that will help people browse through the collections. Ezhilagan is all set to launch his site listing local trainers who coach students on various sports. There is also Sadasivam, an engineer with physical disability who has launched a website that has every little detail about welfare schemes for persons with disability.
Many at the foundation have been searching jobs since 2007, but there are not enough jobs to employ every engineer who graduates, they feel.

What the foundation offers is an alternative. “There are 25,000 business establishments on every 25 km and the owners think maintaining a site can cost them a lot. There are several people looking out for simple products and services online and there are hundreds of engineers who can be used to build these websites. We are just bringing all of them together,” says Kumaran Mani, who runs the foundation.

Along with several other unemployed, trained engineers and Varun, he initiated ‘Indiainternetready’ that hundreds of Chennai-based commercial establishments registered, that include, boxing classes for girls, many bakers, grocery shops, tuition classes and many others. “The biggest feature of the venture is the opportunity for young engineers to do something that connects them with society in a way that engineering education does not,” says Mr. Mani.
Varun’s initiative has been helpful in a way because it has shown them age is no barrier . “Most of them are expected to get plush jobs as soon as they are out of college. They seem to associate leaning with company tags, a sentiment we need to break,” says Mr. Mani, about his team. “We may not be able to create Steve Jobs, let us create local jobs, instead.”


Off-campus recruitment set to bring cheer

The Hindu, January 2, 2012

We do not have any more eligible students left for the companies that are coming now – Even as placement directors of reputed engineering colleges in and around the city voice this complaint with increasing frequency, companies have begun their annual round of off-campus recruitments.

Eagerly looking forward to attending one is S. Chandrasekhar and many of his friends, all students of an engineering college in Chengalpet. “We had TCS recruit 600 people, and others are coming now to rope in one or two. Many of us took admission here because we could not get through elsewhere. With less that 55 per cent in class X and class XII, we never stood a chance in campus placements.”

Only about 10 per cent of students in the top-rung colleges remain without a job at the end of the year, say sources. But in lesser known institutes, the number is much more. Of the 8 lakh graduates who pass out every year, only about 2.50 lakh get placed in the software industry. Sources say that only about 21 per cent of the engineering graduates in Tamil Nadu get placed every year. “That means, a huge number is left out, and the numbers keep accumulating,” says K. Karthikeyan of Tenth Planet Open Source Foundation that trains unemployed youth.

For many such aspirants, the off-campus procedures go on throughout the year. “But the companies are very strict about recruiting only those who have finished their engineering. So these students have to keep track of the online forms that are floated by companies,” adds Mr.Karthikeyan.

Getting in through off-campus recruitment is slightly difficult for fresh graduates as many companies in search of replacements for employees who have left the organisation, prefer experienced hands, says R. Rajaraman, who got placed three years ago with TCS. The other option is to work for some small company for 2-3 years, gain experience and then apply in these top companies, he says.

Some companies often specify higher scores in class X and class XII which many students, especially the CBSE ones find difficult to fulfil. However, companies including Wipro, Syntel and Honeywell are often an exception, at least in off campuses. “And many telecom companies often do not pay much heed to academics, especially performance in schools, but the candidates have to undergo difficult entrances. The ones with technical expertise can crack them easily,” says Rohini Dhar, HR consultant, BHEL.

Being constantly in touch with alumni through group mails and conducting regular refresher courses in technology and aptitude can be useful, K. K. Sivagnana Prabhu, head, Training and Placement, RMK Engineering College. “Students with four or five standing arrears are motivated to clear at least three, so that they are considered by a few IT firms,” he adds.

Additionally, many companies, including Polaris, Hexaware and Aricent, recruit students already trained in specific technologies from training institutes. Most of these companies have a team of committed HR consultants who rope in lateral talent, and around 10-12 students from selected campuses. These companies do not have aggressive campus placement procedures targeted at recruiting students in bulk.

“The wise thing for candidates left out in campus recruitment is to get trained in specific technologies. Many tier 2 companies to reduce training costs prefer candidates who can be directly put to work,” says Mr. Karthikeyan.

Also with the bulk recruiter getting maximum importance, many smaller companies that vie for talent are left with little choice, than to focus on off campuses. “Squeezed in between slots, many of them decide to concentrate on the projects made by the students or response to certain technical questions, because ssssss cream is already taken away. But often, we see that students would join the bulk recruiter because their friends have also been recruited, and the pay is at least 10 per cent more,” says R. K. Devyani, a consultant with iFlex Services and Solutions.