05 April 2010

AICTE, FOSS and us #india

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From: Mohit Singh <gmohitsingh AT>
Date: Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 6:17 PM
Subject: [fosscomm] AICTE, FOSS and us

Dear FOSSouls,

It is a matter of great concern for all of us that proliferation of
FOSS is being severely countered by 'AICTE Inspector Raj' in
engineering institutions. We have no evidences as of now - because we
have not involved 'TEHELKA.COM' till now, but the evidences are the
experiences of may heads of institutions.

The AICTE inspectors insist on showing the bills of softwares
licensed/purchased and they reject FOSS as 'Free Ka hai ji - hence you
use'. It is a challenge for all of us to 'educate/inspire/compel'
AICTE and its NBA arm to respect FOSS.

This is not an intention to malign AICTE or any of its practice
anyway. If you are evidence savvy, kindly be present when an AICTE
appointed team visits an engineering college for inspection. They are
always interested in looking at 'LEGAL SOFTWARE' and their definition
of LEGAL is the binary only proprietary EULA given by 'The Redmond
Codelifter' and the like MOST RESPECTFULLY endorsed by NASSCOM and the
ministry of HRD, IT and others.

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1 comment:

Narendra Sisodiya said...

It was pointed out that AICTE Inspection Committee members often insisted on the colleges having certain proprietary items of software even when the colleges were using good FOSS alternatives for the same. This was often because the members themselves were not aware of the existence of such FOSS alternatives, and/or because they had not been instructed suitably in this regard. It was suggested that NRCFOSS should bring this matter to the attention of AICTE. From -