A one-day training programme in ICT was organised by SHEPHERD, St Joseph's College, in in Tiruchy, Tamil Nadu on July 27, 2006.
The workshop was arranged, considering the need for equipping the panchayat school teachers and panchayat staff in the handling of computers. SHEPHERD, in collaboration with Fr Jerome Centre for Information and Communication Technology of SJC, started a venture to educate the teachers in computer handling. It identified that the 90 computers provided by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited to the government school in Thogamalai block of Karur district, are left without any work on it due to the lack of computer knowledge of teachers. In first phase, 22 panchyat assistants from Andanallur block and 15 from Manikandam block benefitted from the training programme. Apart from that, 85 teachers from six middle schools and eight primary schools of Thogamalai block took part in the programme. Assistant Educational Officer of Thogamalai M Ilanchezhiyan, SJC Vice-principal Rev M Elias, Principal Rev R Rajarathinam and others participated in the programme.