I just came to know that Dinesh Shah, one of ILUG-Mumbai's early
members, is no more amongst us. He was on his bike and met with an
accident (bus) -- that's all I know.
Please share details if you have more info.
Deepest condolences to his family from the ILUG Mumbai community.
May his soul RIP.
-- Arun Khan
On 27 may 2016, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher
Secondary Education has given a reply to my notice. Maharashtra State
Board was neglecting Open Source directives given by MHRD. Though the
Circular in this regard was issued, it was published in the education
booklet "Shikshan Sankraman" !. The circular as Important as this, which
could have saved huge amounts for Schools, must have been given to
Schools directly and it must have been given wide publicity in major
The Board's claim that by putting a note - "Schools and Colleges can use
Open Source Software" on index page, they have followed directions given
by MHRD is ridiculous. In the remaining pages of the reply, Board has
given photocopies copies of the changes they have made in 2016-17 text
books to be printed soon, and they have clarified further that Open
Source can be used in "Theory as well as in Practicals" which is very
Note that MHRD has used the word "PREFER" while Board is cleverly using
Anyway, I assume that this is only a symbolic exit of Microsoft from
State's Schools Education.
This covers State Schools and Junior Colleges in Maharashtra. But
University Education too is compelling degree colleges to use
proprietary software. Situation is somewhat better in Engineering
courses but in the courses such as Computer Applications (TYBcom), there
are softwares like MS Excel and Visual Basic. Also there are direct
questions in the examination on the commands used in Excel and VB. I am
going to send similar letter to Mumbai University too.
Also the course MS-ACIT has been made mandatory for teachers. This
course is exclusively an advertisement of Microsoft and other other
proprietary software. Since after removing proprietary software from
school. This course, which itself is a violation of MHRD notification,
becomes meaningless for teachers. Hence appropriate changes are
necessary in this course curriculum. We have to follow this matter in
I request all to help Schools in Maharashtra aware of the purpose and
significance of this change and make open source movement stronger.
Otherwise it will remain only on paper.
Hon CM is going to answer questions from School/College Students about
Improving Education System.
Please forward the following link to students, especially to those who
have realized the benefits of open source.
Last Date is 2nd May 2017.
Thanks and Regards,
I am new to the mailing list. I read the THREAD about a whatsapp group, and I would love to be a part of it.
Heres my contact number - 9757075007
Very happy to be a part of the mailing list.
Rushit Rakahsiya (rushit.rakhasiya2010(a)gmail.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>)
April month's meeting will be held on 8th April, 15:00 to 16:00, at:
Frappe Technologies Private Limited,
D/324 Neelkanth Business Park,
Vidyavihar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400086, India
The agenda for the meeting:
1. "Introduction to Regex": R. K. Rajeev, 30 minutes
2. "Introduction to Yocto project": Joe Steeve, 30 minutes
3. Discuss way forward: as long as people are interested, and as long
as the host can tolerate us ;)
I welcome you all to the meeting.
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