Seminar on "Free Software for Physically Challenged Users"

Enabling the Differently-Abled People with Free Software

One Day Workshop Held in JNTU Hyderabad, College of Engineering

How free and open source software can help the differently-abled, either visually or physically challenged, in accessing computers and technology was demonstrated today in a workshop held in JNTU Hyderabad college of Engineering. The workshop organised by Swecha, a not-for-profit organisation working for promoting free software, was inaugurated by JNTUH college of engineering Principal Professor N V Ramana Rao in the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) lab of the CSE Department of the University.

Workshop for Academicians at RVR & JC Guntur

Venue: RVR & JC College of Engineering, Guntur

Event Date: 4th Dec 2010

 

RVR & JC College of Engineering will be organzing a one day workshop on "Computing Freedom in Engineering Education – A Free Software Perspective" in association with Swecha. The workshop aims at sensitizing academicians and Post Graduate students about Free Software and the research opportunities in the domain of Free Software. It will show a path for the researchers to think innovatively and to collaborate for the demand for indigenious research in FOSS (Free/Open Source Software).

Topics Covered by the Workshop:

  •   Free Software Perspective
  • Trends in Technology Development
  • Alternative software for CSE stream (Web Technologies, Database Management, Scripting etc.)
  • Alternative software for ECE/EEE stream (Analog & Digital Circuit Simulator, Signal/Image Processing)

Contact Persons:
Prof. G.S. Prasad,
Dean,
Computer Science,
Professor & Head CSE


Prof. B.Venkateswarlu,
Sr. Assistant Professor,
Department of IT
Phone: 9441472245

Workshop for Academicians at KKR&KSR Guntur

Venue: KKR & KSR Institute of Technology & Sciences, Guntur

Event Date: 19th Nov 2010

KKR & KSR Institute of Technology and Sciences will be organzing a one day workshop on "Computing Freedom in Engineering Education – A Free Software Perspective" in association with Swecha. The workshop aims at sensitizing academicians and Post Graduate students about Free Software and the research opportunities in the domain of Free Software. It will show a path for the researchers to think innovatively and to collaborate for the demand for indigenious research in FOSS (Free/Open Source Software).

Topics Covered by the Workshop:

  •   Free Software Perspective
  • Trends in Technology Development
  • Alternative software for CSE stream (Web Technologies, Database Management, Scripting etc.)
  • Alternative software for ECE/EEE stream (Analog & Digital Circuit Simulator, Signal/Image Processing)

Contact Person:
Dr. P. Babu,
Principal,
KKR & KSR ITS
Mobile No: +91 - 94419 15837
Email: principaljr@gmail.com

Overwhelming response to the Software Freedom Fortnight Celebrations by Swecha

More than 500 students from various colleges in Hyderabad participated in the Free Software workshops held by Swecha. These workshops were held at VNR VJIET, SVIT and SMEC colleges in Hyderabad. The workshops are a sequel to the call given by the Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) to celebrate the Software Freedom Fortnight from the 15th of September (birth anniversary of the father of Indian Engineering, Mokshagundam Visweswarayya) to 2nd October (Gandhi Jayanthi).

Sessions were aimed at introducing various free software alternatives available for the students in the engineering domain. A number of students showed interest in participating in more such workshops. The students were greatly inspired by these workshops to intensify their glug activities in close to 25 engineering colleges with the help of Swecha. The hosting glugs are vglug, EERF and vinx.

Computing Freedom in Engineering and Technology Seminar

A one day seminar on 'Computing Freedom in Engineering and Technology' was held in the UGC Staff college auditorium on the 26th of September 2010. This event is in sequel to the call given by Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) to celebrate Software Freedom Fortnight from 15th Sept (birth anniversary of the father of Indian Engineering, Mokshagundam Visweswarayya) to 2nd Oct (Gandhi Jayanthi).

The 'Computing Freedom' seminar was aimed at emphasising on how Free Software can be used in academics and the speakers stressed on the need to strengthen the learning process which could be done only through Free Software as it is possible to look at the source code and make modifications to it. Collaborative effort of the academicians resulted in the release of a lab manual for Qucs (Electronic Circuit Analysis based on Free Software).

The manual was electronically and physically released by Prof KS Rajan of IIITH. It was decided to hold workshops/seminars/symposiums/guest talks in the run up for the National Conference of Academicians in Free Software. To begin with the first workshop will be held in the third week of october in the vicinity of JNTU Kakinada.

AUCE GLUG Inaugurated in Andhra University

Swecha organized a one day workshop on free software in the Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Andhra University College of Engineering in the department seminar hall on July 24, 2010. All the 115 students from the department who have attended the workshop along with the teaching and non teaching staff have been immensely impressed with the concept of free software, and the students have expressed their willingness to form a GLUG (GNU Linux Users Group) in the college. Under the aegis of Swecha, the AUCE Glug has been formally inaugurated by the Head of the Department, Prof. M. Shashi amidst loud applause from the audience.

The students were introduced to free software in the morning session. The various projects taken up by Swecha have also been emphasized upon. The students as well as the faculty demonstrated great curiosity during the interactive sessions.

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