04 March 2011

Indian Education got stuck at Turbo C++ IDE and Windows Operating System ! Status of FOSS in Indian Schools

Thanks Kumaran for sending this mail...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kumaran R


    I'm a school student myself studying in CBSE, 11th Std., As far as
I can remember, I was taught VB and Flash in my 6th and 7th std. too,
but then I never payed much attention to it, because I was playing
with Eclipse and Blender at my home. Also, the marks are not included
for promotion (if that's the main criteria). I don't think CBSE
mandates the curriculum for CS below class 9 (have to check it up).

    I would like to say that CBSE has changed its senior secondary
curriculum to comply with Open standards. They have 2 streams - namely
CS (Computer Science) and IP (Informatics Practices). CS deals with
C++ and IP deals with the front-end and back-end connectivity.
Previously, CBSE had used VB and Oracle for the IP stream. But now,
I'm learning Netbeans w/ JAVA and MySQL. But then again, the SWING API
which we're learning now in Netbeans has become obsolete. Both the
products are owned by a single company, namely Oracle, which has
earned the wrath of many Open source enthusiasts.   The C++ that is
being taught in schools, is by using the old Turbo C++ ide. It's high
time they change it to gcc. As far as my text book is concerned it
goes like this: "Now click the start button, go to programs menu and
choose MySQL command prompt." Some of my friends whom I've asked to
switch, have asked me, "Will C++ work in Linux?" :-(

Although CBSE has mandated that the curriculum has to be based on open
standards, what is the use of having an entire open stack of
applications to learn, when your base Operating System is closed and

 With Regards,
 --Kumaran R

By- Narendra Sisodiya

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