Prof. Phatak's 1000 teacher training programme on the topic, "Effective
teaching/learning of computer programming" is scheduled to start
tomorrow at about 9:30 am. The details of this course are available at
This training will take place through the student interactive terminals
located at 22 remote centres of EDUSAT, with two way audio, video
interaction. As of now about 900 college teachers who teach computer
programming in hundreds of colleges will go through this training over a
period of ten working days during 14-24 Dec. 2009.
Prof. Phatak plans to use the open source learning management system
Moodle for this course. All teachers will be able to participate in
discussions, etc. through this forum. All of these, including the video
recording of the course lectures, will be released as open source.
A webcast of the entire course will be available free of cost at
Thanks to Prof. Kannan Moudgalya and Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam for the
V. Sasi Kumar
"Kozhikode: An information technology project prepared by the students
of KPES High School, Kayakkodi, near Kutyadi in Kozhikode, aims at
popularising the use of the free software, Linux, in the panchayat
with the help of trained student volunteers of the IT Club at the
The school authorities said the project was already in the
implementation stage at the Kayakkodi panchayat. IT coordinator of the
school K.T. Kunhammad said 70 students had been trained by experts to
install the GNU/Linux operating system in the households in the
Initially, a survey was conducted in the panchayat with the assistance
of IT experts from different institutes, including the National
Institute of Technology (NIT-C), to study the current nature of system
usage. It was found that at least one member in 90 per cent of the
families in the panchayat was computer literate. According to Mr.
Kunhammad, the study found that 15 per cent of the households owned
PCs with 67 per cent of them using Microsoft’s Windows as the
As many as 27 per cent of the households have Windows and Linux on
their computers. “Only 7 per cent had only Linux on their computers,”
Mr. Kunhammad said the people were not aware of the “moral” and
“legal” angles of using a “pirated” copy of Windows operating system
on their computers. The project will create awareness among the
students and the households.
The school have already conducted study classes and seminars to
sensitise people about the legal and moral dimensions of using a
pirated version of the Windows. ...."
Complete story at http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/13/stories/2009121352630300.htm
I am writing a small Python and LaTeX book to be used as a text for the BSc Informatics paper of Calicut University (for math students):
A mailing list will be up and running soon .... please let me know your suggestions.
The INTERNET now has a personality. YOURS! See your Yahoo! Homepage. http://in.yahoo.com/
Karnataka Knowledge Commission released a wikipedia type Kannada website.
We already have good kannada wikipedia, but I don't know whether Karnataka
Knowledge Commission had any clue about this before venturing into another
one. GOK is spending about Rs. 2.0 crore for this, says Deccan herald
Curiously, this site has copyrights!!