IEEE GOLD Activities

IEEE GOLD Madras Section proposes to conduct several activities in the field of personality development and also for the benefit of IEEE Student Members as well.

IEEE GOLD recently conducted a technical lecture on “Introduction on LINUX and its Applications” by Dr.P.Sriram of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) on 31st January, 2004 at Hall of Guines’ 68, Anna University, Chennai. GNU/LINUX is fast catching up in the corporate environment as a cheaper, secure and a trust worthy alternative to the commercial competitors. About 70 IEEE members participated in this technical symposium. Dr. P. Sriram is an ardent LINUX enthusiast and one of the earliest members in LINUX User Group (LUG) of Chennai. He introduced GNU/LINUX and its applications in the computing and corporate world to young students and professional community. Also, he elucidated the security, robustness, stability and reliability of LINUX as an ideal environment to run web servers and develop applications.

IEEE GOLD conducted a symposium on “Virtual Education – Pros and Cons” by Dr.M.Ponnavaiko, Director, Research and Virtual Education, SRM Institute of Science and Technology on 27th March 2004 at Easwari Engineering College, Ramapuram, Chennai. About 30 IEEE GOLD members participated in this symposium.

Virtual Education is an internet based distance education using multimedia contents. Virtual on-line classes, chats through web, e-mail-group-discussions, CDs and VHS tape medias are used in the Virtual Education programmes. Dr.M.Ponnavaiko has worked on the idea of Virtual Education for quite some time. He has created a web page that helps in learning Tamil language through web.

Dr.M.Ponnavaiko explained the various virtual learning modes. He also, explained the way a student joins a virtual education system and qualifies with a degree. Using the web page the functioning of a virtual library was shown. The web page also had details about various temples and places of interest in TamilNadu. The highlight of the session was the amazing animation in the web page. He emphasized, that the usage of cartoons, stories, etc enhanced the presentation style of study material for young learners. This virtual education of Tamil language has the possibilities of being an eye-opener for more similar measures on virtual education.