I definitely agree with you that spoken tutorial is doing well. I would
my self have voted Prof Kannan 100 times if it had been funded by a good
organization and not MHRD.
My point is that it is funded by MHRD who is not at all serious about
FOSS as per my documents.
When top body of education violates basic principles of Education and
that is also in favor of proprietary companies, I am really speechless.
I read that a few professors of IIT published a common letter protesting
Why they have kept mum on this serious violation ?
Is it that they do not know about it ?
On 17/01/16 17:36, Vikram Vincent wrote:
On 17 January 2016 at 13:15, Milind Oka <oak445(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I am happy that the Spoken Tutorials Project (STP) is doing a good job in
taking forward FOSS in the larger interest of education in India. In fact
the Free Software Movement India (FSMI) executive committee decided to
whole-heartedly support Prof. Kannan's nomination as many of our members
have experienced the benefit of STP's work. In fact, we are aware of the
efforts STP is putting in to influence Govt policy at all levels they have
access to. I hope that they are able to continue their work in the years
The points you have raised are also important and necessary and I think we
can effectively take them forward by trying to understanding them a bit
more deeply. While it is important for every individual to put in efforts
to bring about change, we need to understand that there are constraints,
limitations(individual/organisation) and conditions that one must consider
when taking decisions. We also need to come up with platforms and
coalitions that are suitable to address the issues raised. In fact, a group
of us started Free Software Movement Maharashtra http://www.fsmm.in/
such a purpose.
While we are looking at how companies are proprietising knowledge we also
need to critically examine the govt policies that are encouraging these
actions. An example from yesterday is the startup policy which the govt has
brought out which seems to encourage a potential patent accumulation
frenzy. We need to examine the deficits created within society due to
those policies and potential solutions that look for deeper solutions
rather than simply the symptoms. This way we will be able to address the
issue more effectively.
I understand your concern that motivates you to take up this issue with
zeal and hope that it grows with increased participation from the affected
sections of society.