State level UP meeting a success ...The state level meeting on FOSS held at MNNIT Allahabad was a great success
The state level meeting of senior academicians of technical universities and colleges in UP, jointly organised by NRC-FOSS, AU-KBC, Anna University, Chennai and MNNIT Allahabad was a huge success.
The meeting was attended by a cross section of senior academicians from right across the state. Among them were: Prof. A.B.Samaddar, Director, MNNIT, Allahabad, Prof. B D Chaudhary,MNNIT, Allahabad, Prof. C N Krishnan, NRCFOSS/Anna University, Prof. R.G.Harshe, Vice Chancellor, Allahabad University, Mr.Sudev Barar, FOSS community, New Delhi, Mr.Abhishek Datta, FOSS community, Kolkata, Hon'ble Justice Yatindra K. Singh, Allahabad High Court, Prof. V K Singh, IET, Lucknow, Prof. S Tiwari, dean, MNNIT, Allahabad, Dr. Mukul K. Sinha, New Delhi, Mrs. Shefalika Ghosh Samaddar, IIIT, Allahabad, Prof. Rajeev Tripathi, MNNIT and Mr Kenneth Gonsalves, associate, NRC-FOSS.
Other institutions represented were: Kanpur University, Kanpur (Dr.Renu Jain), J K Institute, Allahabad (Prof. Prakash), UP Agricultural University, Allahabad (Head, ITDivision), United College of Engg.&Research, Naini (Prof. AKVanwasi), MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly (Dean), UP Technical University.
The first day was taken up by talks on various aspects of FOSS, as well as the initiatives taken by NRC-FOSS. These talks continued on the second day. The crux of the meet was in the discussion that followed where various parties came forward with commitments for specific initiatives. There was a strongly felt need for training of teachers as the bottleneck for FOSS implementation was identified as lack of trained teachers in this arena. Further meetings and training programmes have been scheduled in the coming months. Details will be announced on this site.
It is significant to note that two members of the FOSS community from Delhi and Kolkata participated in the meet. This is possibly the first time that academia and the community are meeting at this level. And a welcome sign of things to come.