Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Tamil Nadu Govt Goes Anti-Open Source

Even as a neighboring state like Kerala uses 'Free Software' as a medium to push self-sufficiency and initiate learning among students, thus, gaining edge within the competitive world, the Tamil Nadu government has determined to additional the utilization of proprietary software. the govt. is doing this within the name of 'improving' the education system.

Jean Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International, met the state chief minister to debate on improving the education and IT sector of Tamil Nadu. The meeting transpire yesterday at Secretariat, Chennai-9

During the course of dialogue, Courtois recalled the Memorandum of Understanding entered with Microsoft Corporation by the govt. of Tamil Nadu in November, 2005, that was aimed toward accelerating IT literacy among Government college academics and students in Tamil Nadu. He said that Microsoft Corporation is ‘desirous’ of extending their core program mes such as:

1) school empowerment for non-IT school at higher education level.

2) Peer coaching program me for choose academics to function peer coaches for his or her colleagues.

3) Nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship among students in higher education / IT Departments and Nurturing software start-ups; and

4) institution of Cloud Computing Centers which can function a middle of Excellence in cloud computing.

According to a recent study, students from Tamil Nadu are the smallest amount employable in India. consultants opine that this ‘alliance’ can lead to yet one more generation of software students being subject to a mechanical system of education, eventually creating them non-qualified employees in an business that's coming into to a part of crisis. Richard M Stallman, the daddy of Free Software movement, who was recently on a visit to India, said, that the Tamil Nadu government is distributing free laptops that are loaded with proprietary software, creating them dependents of paid merchandise. consistent with Stallman, this creates digital colonization. Appreciating the efforts of Kerala and Karnataka state governments for extending support to the free software movement by using GNU/Linux operating systems in faculties, he said, "Karnataka has been a pioneer during this regard by putting the system in place in high faculties some years ago.” He advocated that a free computing platform is way safe and low-cost as compared to the proprietary alternatives. Stallman emphasized that Indian states ought to return forward to adopt free software.

Alagunambi Welkin, govt committee member, Free Software Foundation, Tamil Nadu, said, “The current state of affairs is that the IT industries are keen on Arts and Sciences students quite engineering students could be a direct results of an education system where the engineers are 'taught' and 'trained' to be mere users of proprietary software than 'engineers'. Today, families are forced to pay lakhs of rupees in a trial to possess high salaries for his or her youngsters, out of which nearly forty per cent of the money goes for licensing fees in schools. Despite all this cash spent, the coed is unable to compete within the job market and compelled to require further courses to enter the work market by spending a minimum of few 10 thousands.”

This call created at the highest could be a direct challenge to any or all people who need to check the development to matters within the education system of Tamil Nadu. When there's a acutely aware effort against the people's interest, it's up to us to require a stand and work for what we have a tendency to deserve – an education system based mostly on free software.

Welkin suggests that the primary step against the partnership for 'proprietary software' is to unfold awareness for the utilization and relevance of free software and also the dangerous implications of such a move.

A similar case was witnessed in West Bengal. As reported earlier, West Bengal info technology (IT) minister recently urged world IT software large Microsoft to take a position in Bengal, promising all help by method of infrastructure and encouragement from the government’s facet. And it did offer support to the proprietary software vendor within the sort of an MOU with Microsoft, consistent with that the corporate can invest in Bengal if the govt. of West Bengal vetos something except the utilization of Microsoft's cloud platform and technology for future e-governance comes.

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