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India – Kerala scores with open source training

Joe A Scaria

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: IT Kerala has claimed success in its initiative to promote use of free open source software (FOSS) in the state, with the first
batch of its FOSS-skilled personnel trained by the Centre for Advanced Training in Free Open Source Software, being fully placed in government and private organizations.

IT Kerala officials said this was the first time in the country that a state government had taken the initiative to promote use of FOSS in e-governance and introduced a course to develop FOSS-skilled personnel.

They said the placement for all 11 who were trained in the first batch had led to more than 75 applications coming in for the next batch from different parts of the country, including Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and Rajasthan.

Kerala IT secretary Ajay Kumar said the IT department had the objective of developing Kerala as a FOSS destination in the country, “considering the growing economic opportunities happening around FOSS”, adding that a number of e-governance initiatives will require FOSS-trained personnel.

Kerala State IT Mission director Rathan Kelkar said KSITM had formulated a time-bound policy in transforming the state into an inclusive knowledge society, and that a conscious step to institutionalize a platform based on FOSS was a major component of this policy.

The FOSS course is open to those who have B Tech/ BE (Computer Science)/IT/ Electronic & Communication/Electrical/MCA/MSc (Computer Science/IT) degree from any Indian university.

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October 22, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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