Year 2006

Activities of the group before the formation of Prag Foundation were carried out by the ‘Project Implementation Committee’ (PIC) of the Alliance for Community Capacity Building in Northeast India.

1st GNU/Linux Workshop 2006

The Alliance for Community Capacity Building in Northeast India (www.accb.org.uk) is happy to report successful completion of the first of the ‘GNU/Linux workshop-2006′ series conducted during 3-15 October 06. We had eight participants from various higher education institutes of the state. The workshop was conducted under the guidance of Ferdous Ahmed of IITG and covered the breath of the topic.

The 2nd workshop of the series is planned from 27th October ’06.

The workshop was spread over several days totalling 20 hours of intensive work. This format was adopted to allow participants to participate without any disruption to their normal day activities.

This current series of workshops is our effort to help build regional ICT capacity using Free and Open Source software (FOSS). The aim of the initiative is to create capacity in terms of trained workforce to support Linux so that low cost ICT facilities (e.g., thin client and load balanced clusters) can be created and supported in the schools, colleges and institutes. We anticipate that many such institutions will be able to raise necessary fund if shown affordable solution using FOSS. Moreover, businesses are gradually adopting Linux and trained workforce is desperately needed. The move is to create awareness that we need trained workforce to support internal demands but also that demands will rise if low cost ICT can be supported locally.

Creating and strengthening ICT capability is part of our greater social mission and in line with our strategic approach of empowering the members of the community with access to knowledge and information. Our mantra is to ‘invest in people to stimulate creativity, confidence and self expression using the media of knowledge and information’

We have a small facility with 8 Linux PCs at our Silpukhuri, Guwahati office where we are also offering help to students willing to take Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Certification examination. The current series of GNU/Linux workshops at introductory level is part of our strategy to encourage as many to take LPI certification as a career move.

We have another target group, the CIC operators – we very much like to orient them towards using Linux and FOSS office applications. We have plans to conduct special workshops, develop self-learning material and provide continuous professional support for the benfit of this vital group who could be instrumental in bridging the ‘digital divide’.

We have also plans to organise public workshop aimed at policy makers, government officers, opinion makers, representative of academic Institutes and business leaders to promote FOSS.

Now that we have successfully carried out the first workshop it is time to move on and deliver on our stated objectives. However, the task is by no means easy. It is a challenging task to develop and successfully run and manage even a modest programme like this aimed at developing human resource.

The main challenge is scarcity of skilled trainers and resource persons, we need quite a few of them. Also, there are resource issues – trainers and resource persons deserve to be remunerated for their time and skill. Our first workshop was completely free and we would like to keep it that way but may be forced to charge a small fee for the programme to be viable.

This is a pioneering effort, the first and only one of its kind in the region, that uses the great power of free and open source software and open access movement which, we believe, could make a real difference by creating opportunities for many, bridging the digital divide and removing barrier to information and knowledge.

Also, please do visits our websites (www.accb.net, www.accb.org.uk, www.ngo.net.in, www.eduaccess.net) and give your feedback – we are open to any idea and suggestions that you might have. You may also like to offer your helping hand in any of the projects, contribute towards enriching these sites making it more useful to the target audience.

Workshop Content

Introduction to GNU/Linux including working with applications (graphics, multimedia, office applications), installation and configuration, command line interface, program installation and update (using yum, rpm), basic system administration, configuring services, aspects of networking, development tools (compiling packages from sources, kernal configuration and compilation), backup, understanding and locating logs, and trouble shooting.

List of participants

  1. Rituraj Nath, Student, Assam Engineering College
  2. Sanjukta Barooah, Student, Assam Engineering College
  3. Sanjay Kumar Dutta, College Teacher, Pragjyotish College
  4. Anjan Baruah, NGO Service, Eco Systems India
  5. Anubhav Mahanta, Student, Gauhati Commerce College
  6. Sharbani Dutta, Student, Pragjyotish College
  7. Runa Rafique, Professional, Don Bosco Institute, Kharghuli
  8. Bidyut Bikash Goswami, JRF, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh

2nd GNU/Linux Workshop 2006

The Alliance for Community Capacity Building in Northeast India is happy to report the successful completion of the 2nd of the ‘GNU/Linux workshop-2006′ held during 27-29 October 06. We had nine participants mostly lecturers from various higher education institutes of the city. The workshop was conducted under the guidance of Ferdous Ahmed of IITG and covered the breath of the topic.

The workshop was spread over several days totalling 20 hours of intensive work. This format was adopted to allow participants to participate without any disruption to their normal day activities.

This current series of workshops is our effort to help build regional ICT capacity using Free and Open Source software (FOSS). The aim of the initiative is to create capacity in terms of trained workforce to support Linux so that low cost ICT facilities (e.g., thin client and load balanced clusters) can be created and supported in the schools, colleges and institutes. We anticipate that many such institutions will be able to raise necessary fund if shown affordable solution using FOSS. Moreover, businesses are gradually adopting Linux and trained workforce is desperately needed. The move is to create awareness that we need trained workforce to support internal demands but also that demands will rise if low cost ICT can be supported locally.

Creating and strengthening ICT capability is part of our greater social mission and in line with our strategic approach of empowering the members of the community with access to knowledge and information. Our mantra is to ‘invest in people to stimulate creativity, confidence and self expression using the media of knowledge and information’

We have a small facility with 8 Linux PCs at our Silpukhuri, Guwahati office where we are also offering help to students willing to take Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Certification examination. The current series of GNU/Linux workshops at introductory level is part of our strategy to encourage as many to take LPI certification as a career move

We have another target group, the CIC operators – we very much like to orient them towards using Linux and FOSS office applications. We have plans to conduct special workshops, develop self-learning material and provide continuous professional support for the benfit of this vital group who could be instrumental in bridging the ‘digital divide’. A survey of CIC operator’s professional development need is already underway.

We have also plans to organise public workshop aimed at policy makers, government officers, opinion makers, representative of academic Institutes and business leaders to promote FOSS.

These workshops were completely free to the participants.

This is a pioneering effort, the first and only one of its kind in the region, that uses the great power of free and open source software and open access movement which, we believe, could make a real difference by creating opportunities for many, bridging the digital divide and removing barrier to information and knowledge.

Workshop Content

Introduction to GNU/Linux including working with applications (graphics, multimedia, office applications), installation and configuration, command line interface, program installation and update (using yum, rpm), basic system administration, configuring services, aspects of networking, development tools (compiling packages from sources, kernal configuration and compilation), backup, understanding and locating logs, and trouble shooting.

List of participants

  1. Anupama Devi, Lecturer, Arya Bidyapeeth College
  2. Bishwajyoti Dev Mahanta, Lecturer, Pragjyotish College
  3. Ratul Misra, Lecturer, Pandu College
  4. Dipjyoti Barman, Lecturer, Pandu College
  5. Jyotirmoy Sengupta, Lecturer, Pragjyotish College
  6. Dr. Anjan Kumar Bora, Lecturer, Pragjyotish College
  7. Manab Deka, Lecturer, Pragjyotish College
  8. Biswajit Mahapatra, Business, BSPP System, Rajgarh Road
  9. Manas Pratim Baruah, Student, Cotton College
Participants

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