Open Source is getting bigger by the day in India. Success stories such as Tamil Nadu going completely open source, NRCFOSS and CDAC launching Debian based BOSS Linux distribution tailored for India in many Indian languages and the recent steps by Gujarat State Education Board(GSEB) to give 50% weightage to Open Source and Linux in Computer subject across all streams (Science, Commerce and Arts).
There is lot more happening to get the best of FOSS to students. Project FOSSEducation initiative by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay(IIT-B) is an Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD) funded project as part of the National Mission on Education through ICT with the thrust area being Adaptation and deployment of open source simulation packages equivalent to MATLAB, ORCAD etc.
*The goal of the project is to replace the use of commercial tools in Indian science and engineering education at the college level*
The project is hiring developers, paying them top salaries to work on FOSS softwares such as Scilab, NumPy, SciPy, etc. I wish Professor Prabhu Ramachandran and his team all the success in their endeavor and wish for lot more such news from all over the world 🙂
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