[Fsf-friends] Announcement: National Convention for Academics and Research

sarath ms sarath.ms at gmail.com
Thu Nov 18 23:21:58 IST 2010

Dear Friends,

National Convention for Academics and Research (NCAR) 2010 will be held from
16th to 18th December 2010 at Hyderabad. The event is being organized by
Free Software Movement of India and hosted by Swecha. FSMI is organizing the
first convention to spread awareness of Free/Libre and Open Source Software
(FOSS/FLOSS) and its usage in Academia/Research communities. The theme for
this convention will be "*Computing Freedom in Education, Research and
Technology*" The convention provides a platform for sharing of experiences
and views, to foster a collaborative approach to education and for improving
educational aids including software tools. The convention will see
participation of researchers and academicians from colleges and universities
across the country including IITs, IISc, IIIT.

The FOSS paradigm provides an opportunity to evolve a serious research
community with global cooperation. This would also enable in bridging the
gap between research-industry and societal demands. An integration for
research between academia and industry is not up to the mark as it is in the
case of developed nations. This convention shall provide space for faculty
and students of Engineering Colleges to learn, interact, and network with
their peer groups, leading to a development of a FOSS ecosystem.

The convention will focus on a wide range of topics through dedicated track
sessions on academic and research areas like scientific computing and
visualization, to Indian Language technologies and application specific
domains of Mobile, GIS and the like. In addition, it will also host
demonstrations, exhibitions, and tutorial sessions for providing hands-on
training on Free Software tools in research and education.

Swecha and other member organizations of FSMI will be organizing a wide
variety of run up events across India in promotion of Free Software and NCAR
2010. There will be workshops, seminars, 'train-the-trainer' sessions. Apart
from academicians and researchers, some of these events will be extended to
other sections like students, Lab admins, developers, physically challenged
users, print and electronic media etc.

Swecha has also planned to hold a one-day workshop for women researchers and
academicians on "Women in Research - The FOSS paradigm" to bring together
like-minded women researchers and academicians to build an ecosystem where
one can learn from each others' experiences and works done.

Visit http://ncar2010.fsmi.in for Online registration and more details.

Sarath M S.
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