Inauguration of Paavai FOSS Club Inauguration
A Special Lecture on FOSS
The inauguration function of Paavai Free and Open Source Software(FOSS) club which has got a 3 star status was conducted on 12th February 2013 at Ananda Arangam. A special lecture on FOSS was also delivered in this regard. Prof. Kannan M. Moudgalya, Member -Standing Committee, National Mission on Education through ICT, Professor IIT- Bombay was the Chief Guest.
The program started on a divine note with the prayer song. Miss C. Jaya Sushma, third BTech-IT, Paavai Engineering College welcomed the gathering. The Chairman of Paavai Institutions, Shri CA N.V. Natarajan presided over the function and welcomed the Chief Guest. In his presidential address the Chairman expressed his joy not only over the fact that Prof. Moudgalya is from Namakkal but also about the achievements he has made so far.
Prof. Kannan M. Moudgalya inaugurated the Paavai FOSS club. And Dr.A. Suphalakshmi Head of Non-Formal Studies, Paavai Institutions, announced the coordinators for the club.
Miss A.N. Monika Isabel, IInd BE-CSE, Paavai Engineering College introduced the Chief Guest.
In his keynote address, the Chief Guest pointed out that FOSS is the only way to make software available to the common man. He also encouraged everyone to join the newborn FOSS club and participate in its activities.
The Chief guest focused on Open Source Software, Spoken Tutorials and Akash Tablet during his special lecture.
He started by explaining the disadvantages of commercial software and how manufacturers of commercial software manipulate the mindset of common people by telling that FOSS alternatives are buggy and not powerful enough for use in business. He also highlighted the point that due to lack of software use the small businesses in India find it difficult to compete in the global market.
He went on to explain that software availability can be ensured by popularizing Free and Open Source Software. The spoken tutorial project spearheaded by IIT, Bombay aims to train maximum possible youth in India in the use of FOSS tools.
Prof. Kannan M Moudgalya discussed the process to create a spoken tutorial and demonstrated some tutorials in 22 different languages.
Thereafter he demonstrated Akash Tablet 2. He showed how it can be used for everyday E-Learning purposes as well as for programming in popular languages like C, C++, Python and Scilab.
He said that Akash can run in native Linux mode which is 10 times faster than the Android mode. He described that Akash and Spoken Tutorial combined was a 'carpet bombing' approach to bring out people who could change the future of our nation.
He said that the vision of Spoken Tutorial project was to eliminate programmer shortage in India in the next 5 years.
After his lecture he answered the queries raised by students.
Mr.R. Reuben Sajith, IInd BE-CSE, Paavai Engineering College, proposed the vote of thanks. The program concluded with the National Anthem.