There is a great deal of hidden talent among the underprivileged sections of society. The levels of poverty preclude their enrolling for professional courses. There are significant number of city-based commercial establishments in IT & IT enabled services willing to employ such students so long as they have the right skills, aptitude and attitude.
The Alumni of IIT, Madras who had passed out in 1970 are now as a group (through Yahoo) active in fostering and championing socially relevant projects. They have ventured together with DMS to impart free computer education to the very poor children in Village Alamadhi. Their alumnus acts as faculty co-ordinator. The services have extended beyond computer education to tutorials in Maths and English for students of standard 12th to enable them pass their exams.
This venture was offering courses in MS Office/Encarta Encyclopedia & Visual Basic (through the kind courtesy of Microsoft for the software) for the last one year. However, effective April 2002, the venture has launched free multimedia course in Computer Graphics with DTP technologies including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Pagemaker. The venture will also assist in placing the students suitably. This course has had remarkable response and there is a waitlist of students for forthcoming batches.