If implementation is needed, open source in education advocates should go
to meet Manish Sisodia, Atishi Marlena etc in Delhi's Aap. These are the
people really implementing things on the ground which the TV media does not
tell about at all.
They should be busy in the Feb elections and afterwards in March for UP
elections canvassing for votes but they will still find ways and means to
give not only a hearing to open source educationists but also get it
implemented as these are activists turned politicians or leaders..
Pls see the following info on
On Sunday 15 January 2017 12:49 PM, Milind Oka wrote:
In last month's proceedings, Hon High Court passed an important order to
make appropriate changes in
School/College curriculum for academic year 2017-18 ( in view of
Notification dated 17 June 2014 which advises
states to adopt open source on priority)
Government has formed an experts committee for this implementation. The
report is expected
before 8 March 17. So next date is kept on 31 March 2017.
Another good news is that Prof Kannan of 'Spoken Tutorials' seems to be
one of the members in the committee. Prof Kannan,
being a strong supporter of open source, has been putting great efforts
to promote open source. He himself says that obsolete
curriculum is the biggest problem in ICT education. Also he has signed
our on line petition for Mandating Open Source. His work
will be meaningful if open source is effectively implemented through
Now we can definitely expect a report from the committee suggesting
mandatory adoption of Open Source in Education in
strong and clear words. Best wishes to Prof Kannan and his team.
Earlier, Mr Krishnakant Mane and DFF filed a similar PIL in order to
have a greater impact of the original petition. The two petitions will
now be joined (Probably on 31 March). Original petition is representing
students and teachers while Krishnakant is representing Visually
impaired students and students in rural areas in particular. Lots of
thanks to Krishnakant.
Hon High Court Order on 8 Dec : http://docdro.id/pM73elw
MHRD Notification which High Court Order refers :
Very happy to hear these updates. Good work.
Usually, whenever we voice we do get good judgments and new committees
will be made. This is one of the ways in which the Govt keeps us less
reactive. We think our voices are heard. The gulf between policies,
supreme court judgments is so deep and wide, the existing practices will
Therefore it is important for few of us to continue to create well
designed good quality interventions that can support this transition.