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ISTE Workshop by IIT-B to impart knowledge about Free and Open Source tools

IITB Conducted Seminar

IITB - 2 week ISTE Workshop

An important initiative has been taken by IIT Bombay, to work with Engineering Colleges in the country, to enhance the teaching skills of faculty colleagues in core Engineering and Science subjects. This initiative has now become a part of the National Mission on Education through ICT, supported by MHRD.

With a motive to augment the use of Free and Open Source Tools for teaching and computational needs and make the teaching skills of faculty serving in Core Engineering and Science Subjects take a turn for the better; IIT Bombay has started a free two week ISTE workshop from 5th of this month under the National Mission on Education through ICT, MHRD, and Govt. of India.

Seminar a Techno India NJR

Organized under the Distance Learning Programme, theworkshop will be exclusively conducted in the coordinating remote centers across the country with the interaction revolving around the topic “Software Development Techniques for Teachers of Engineering and Science Institutes”. There will be live lectures through AVIEW mechanism on Internet in the centers selected for the same. The workshop will be conducted across five weekends (5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 November 2011, and 3-4 December 2011) so that the interested participants can gain access to the workshop conveniently even during the semester.

“This workshop is aimed at enhancing the teaching skills of our faculty colleagues in core Engineering and Science Subjects and will benefit the faculty who want to use Open Source Tools for teaching and computational needs. Free and Open Source Software is need of hour as source code is available for study, modification and redistribution. Government of India is laying lot of emphasis on it.” 

-Piyush Javeria

Remote Center Coordinator and Workshop Coordinator


The workshop will benefit faculty colleagues, teaching in engineering and science institutes, who wish to use open source software tools for all their computational and teaching needs, thereby improving the quality of instruction and learning in their colleges / institutes.

With as much as 60 participants registered from all parts of Rajasthan, Techno India NJR Institute of Technology from Udaipur is also selected as a remote centre for this workshop. The workshop will be transmitted live through internet to various coordinating remote centers across the country. Because of this, various faculties that are providing their services in the city will come hand in hand with the Free and Open Tools that have become the need of the hour in the field of teaching, ultimately improvising their teaching skills.

IITB Conducted Seminar

IITB Conducted Seminar

IITB Conducted Seminar

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  • Ojal Suthar
    November 7, 2011 at 11:25 am

    We already using PHP, MySQL for development. WordPress too and OpenCart too. We are using SVN (Subversion) for Version Control and have implemented it in UAE (Dubai) in one of the world’s largest aluminium smelter on HP-UX, IBM OS400, IBM AIX, Windows. Built some tools for client email notifications. Also built a tool for Production and Server Repository Synchronization. And a web app to show the current status of Production Repository.

    Open Source is fine. Everyone should learn it and make best use to benefit from it. But even though Source Code is available, you can’t easily modify the Open Source Apps. You can just customize them or enhance them. But modifying them to an extent is not feasible and that why open source apps are not used to build something from scratch.

    Wish you all the best and let us know if your college wanna set up Version Control for all development / lab PCs with Windows Auth or any other specific requirement. It will be a pleasure to associate and impart the knowledge.

  • Madhukar Dube
    November 7, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Sanjit you saw fusion and we do support and use open source.
    I love you guys keep the good work going.
    we support such initiatives 🙂

  • Krapal singh
    November 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

    open source softwares are really a need of an hour, it is really nice to see government taking such initiatives guiding the teachers the know-how of Open Source.

  • Sanjit Chohan
    November 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I saw the zeal of the teachers while they were attending the seminars and i am really impressed. I hope they use these softwares for personal use too and keep themselves upgraded with the latest teaching tools. 🙂

    Also was happy to see my college as the remote centre for this WorkShop 😀

  • Piyush Javeria
    November 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Open source is very useful and people especially Faculty lack awareness which we are trying to cover through this workshop. We have designed 3 Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Lab and 1 FOSS Research Lab at our campus, soon to be inaugurated on 5th December. I know FOSS is not part of the curriculum but we want students along with faculty understand the importance of FOSS and down the lane FOSS will be part of syllabus.

    • Prasun Bannerjee
      November 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      Thats a good initiative 🙂
      Even I’m excited to explore more in this field, and look forward to the inaugration. 🙂


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