I am fortunate to have participated in the Launch Programme.
Here is the Report on the National Event.
The national event of launching online India Chapter of Wikieducator
on 15-11-08 marked yet another day on the calendar to be remembered by
every wikieducator of India . Indeed, a day it is, to be annually
celebrated with more and more Indian language pages added on with OER
The virtual presence and real sonorous voice of Dr.Wayne Mackinthosh
set the wiki mood and collaborative mode of the programme. The banner,
the power point displays on the walls, the diligent over all
supervision of Dr.Sridher, Director CEMCA, the enthusiasm and untiring
perseverance of Ms.Moinca Sharma and CEMCA staff, behind the curtain
preparations navigated by Mrs.Rukmini Vemraju and Dr.Savithri Singh,
ably assisted by Sri Anil Prasad at Acharya Narendra Dev College hours
before the event are the elements which contributed to the blazing
success of the grand programme at the well chosen venue “India
International Centre”, Annexure, Conference Hall No.3.
In her introduction to Wikieducator – India , Dr. Savithri Singh,
Wikieducator – Council Member and Principal, Acharya Narendra Dev
College highlighted the need for OER development through Wikieducator
and its unparallel advantages. While expressing gratitude towards COL
and CEMCA to have taken up the idea of language pages add on to
Wikieducator India she added that the regional language pages have
great potentials in actualizing the vision of free and open education
resources by 2015.
Dr.M.S.Swaminathan, Honorable Member of Rajya Sabha and also a noted
scientist was the Chief Guest. He formally launched the India Chapter
by clicking on the launch page link and the language pages. In his
inaugural address he welcomed the endeavour of Wikieducators of India
and stated that “ India is a data rich country; but poor users Indians
are”and that this should change!
Sri Jainder Singh, IAS, Secretary, Dept. of IT, Minstry of
Communication and IT, Govt. of India, was the Guest of Honor. He
brought to fore the future plan of the department to reach out to
fulfill the online needs of poor farmers and common man through pro
poor initiatives of creating internet accessibility at a low cost
within the next two years.
The inaugural session was followed by questions and answers regarding
the prospects of open education resources and online distance learning
in the Indian context. Dr. M.S. Swaminathan and Sri Jainder Singh
interacted with the audience in a lively manner and responded to the
questions with insightful clarifications.
The programme was supported by OWSA( One World South Asia) and GKP
( Global Knowledge Partnership). Ms. Geeta Bharadvaj spoke on
Collaborative Content Development and Sharing.
I)Lessons learnt and observations during the programme.
i)It is important to find inspired people to provide hands and legs to
inspiring ideas without which they are not empowered.
ii) It is necessary to go ahead without waiting to be led.
iii) Willing readiness to adapt to the changes which are unexpected
and unavoidable counts much to achieve success in organizing
iv)One should taste the apple before sharing it with others.
II)Lessons from the trip from Mangalore to New Delhi and back.
It is better to book flights of the same Airways in the case of onward
link journey like Mangalore-via-Mumbai-New Delhi because, if the link
flight is missed due to delayed landing (as it happened in my case at
Mumbai on 14th) it would be difficult to get alternative ticket from
other agents/Airways for the next available flight.
On Nov 15, 10:11 am, Teachereducatorsnetwork <nutanbhar...@gmail.com