Recently I had to make and print a lot of certificates, each with different names and affiliations. There are programs in the Office environment which do this. They are called as Mail Merge, primarily being used for sending mass mails to many individuals.
Basically following happens:
You have a database of Names / Addresses and Affiliations with you. Lets say there are 500 names in this database. If you want to make certificates for everyone of them, it is not very bright to manually add every name to the certificates. What the program does is takes this list of names, and inserts it into a template and generates a file for each entry in the database. Which is to be printed.
I had designed a certificate for one of the programs using a Free Software SVG Editor Inkscape, initially the number of entries was not large, but then they became too much for me to manage manually.
So then there is small plugin called the Inkscape Generator that came to help me big time.
This is something that I had been exactly looking for.
As explained on the page for the plugin the database has to be in a csv format, which can be conveniently generated and edited in any of the spreadsheet programs like Calc for Libre Office. With this it becomes super-easy to generate pdf’s for each of the entries in the database.
Once all the pdf’s have been generated using pdftk one can simple join all the files in a single pdf file and print at one go.
pdftk *.pdf cat output combined.pdf
As simple as this.
In earlier post we had seen the CUBE Logo, now in this post we will see, CURE Logo. CURE stands for a cure of problems of CUBE and is Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Education. The idea is to propagate the spirit and activities via making many-many centres across India and when one centre gets the know-how, it starts acting as a centre itself. This has enormous potential and is also not so easy, if we are planning to form a network of 20,000 odd colleges across India. Hats off to this initiative by Dr. M. C. Arunan.
Since the idea was to propagate the via forming numerous nodes, and absence of a centralized structure, we came up with the Pythagorean Tree as one of the possible candidates for the logo. The Pythagorean Tree is a fractal structure which is self similar. This also reflects the spirit of CURE and CUBE, that the size of the institute or its location should not reflect on the facilities or the opportunities that it provides to its students.
In this program an initial batch of students , lets call them Batch-0 is trained for performing a series of experiments . At end of their training which is a hands on, they give a talk on their work. In the next step, these students build these facilities at their alma mater and maintain them. This is the first iteration of the program. After this iteration, the Batch-0 students, who have handled these biological systems for some time now and carried out some investigations become mentors for the next batch of students. Lets call these as Batch-1. Now we conduct another session of training, in this the Batch-0 students act as mentors for Batch-1 students. Thus at end of this training another iteration of the programme is completed. So the second iteration builds on the first one. Then for the Batch-2 students, the students from earlier batches act as mentors, thus at each stage we are increasing the mentors as well as the facilities available for doing research. Iteratively, collaboratively we can sure reach the 20,000 odd under-graduate colleges in India
In the logo the base triangle forms the basis of all the structure, this we call as Batch-0, and rest of all others are based on this. And since this is an iterative, self-similar figure, none of them are different from one another, neither are the squares different. For example the small branch sitting on top of the large branch is a similar to the larger branch. If we scale it. it would be the same.
Lack of research facilities at the undergraduate level , is most often cited as cause for poor education at that level. And the facilities come expensive. This was we can make in-expensive or some times zero-expense facilities for college education and get the students involved. This logo is released under Creative Commons Share Alike License. The logo was made using Free Software for vector editing Inkscape.