India/wikieducator launch

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The India Chapter of WikiEducator

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The eminent agriculturist scientist and Rajya Sabha member Dr. M.S. Swaminathan and Shri. Jainder Singh IAS, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology formally launched the India Chapter of Wikieducator and the pages in various Indian Languages in a function at India International Centre on 15th November 2008 at 2:30 p.m. This function was organised by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) in association with GKP, OWSA and Acharya Narendra Dev College. Dr. Savithri Singh email, Wikieducator Council member and Anil Prasad were the prominent wikieducators who coordinated the event. The India page has been translated into some Indian languages; we have volunteers for Malayalam, Kannada,Gujarati, Tamil and Hindi. We are looking for volunteers to translate and upload the India page into other Indian languages. .

To see presentation made by Savithri Singh on the occasion please click here

For pictures taken on the occassion please click India Chapter Launch

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The Objectives

  1. Support and Coordinate the WE activities in India.
  2. Facilitate the maintenance of India Node in WikiEducator.
  3. Support the development of a Transnational curriculum.
  4. Promote free content development.
  5. Promote the use of Agricultural Open Education Resources (AOER) among farmers throuh WE for Agricultural extension.
  6. Promote the use of WikiEducator.
  7. Provide Learner support.

Activity update

  • Formal Launch of India Chapter of Wikieducator and of pages in Indian Languages

The Interim Advisory Board

The Interim Advisory Board for the India Chapter with the following members is responsible for formulating a working principle for the India Chapter in consultation with the WikiEducator Council and Indian WikiEducator community.

  1. Dr. Savithri Singh, Principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi, New Delhi.
  2. Dr. Pankaj Khare, Director, International Division of Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India.
  3. Dr. R. Sreedher, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia, New Delhi.
  4. Dr. Gita Mathur, Reader in Botany, Gargi College, New Delhi.
  5. Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, Reader in Distance Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.

Featured Indian WikiEducator

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Content on India Page

Featured Discussion

Featured Discussion thread: What should be the priorities of WE India Chapter?

Please add your suggestion on the Talk Page OR Please visit India Chapter discussion group (Google Group) from here and add your suggestions.

Response received from Dr. Krishna Alluri, Education Specialist, COL

Thanks a lot for sharing this development and I congratulate you, Dr. Savithri Singh, Dr. Pankaj Khare and Dr. Sreedher for taking this initiative.

Your idea to discuss the priorities of India Chapter is a good one too. You and Dr. Singh have been members of our various events related to agriculture and WE all along. I would appreciate that you and the members include among others developing contextually relevant content for agriculture at different levels for education, extension and research and with particular emphasis on local language content for farmers. As we have initiated in Sri Lanka and in India, farmers should be members of such content development.

Hope that helps

With kind regards,


Response received from Ms. Patricia Schlicht, Programme Assistant, COL

I cannot commend those that came up with the idea enough and it will be huge task given India's size and the many different priorities, but it is an exciting undertaking that gets my mind going.

It would like to suggest to also have a place where to input all those areas of interest on WikiEducator directly. People could list their ideas, so we have an open and transparent forum to work from.

Following Krishna's suggestion below, for instance, it could be divided into subject areas:

Suggested Focus Areas:

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