[ILUG-BOM] Stitch In Time

J T Dsouza jtd1959 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 12 13:18:49 IST 2016

Thanks Rushab.

Sending an almost verbatim copy from my email.

On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 11:40 AM, Rushabh Mehta <rmehta at gmail.com> wrote:

> > " For the first time, the Government of India is embarking on a
> time-bound grassroots consultative process, which will enable the Ministry
> of HRD to reach out to individuals across the country through over 2.75
> lakh direct consultations while also taking input from citizens online " -
> http://mhrd.gov.in/nep-new
> >
> > We all know the benefits of FOSS and also the miserable state of FOSS in
> our country. Needless to say that the root cause lies in ICT Education.
> >
> > The draft, which is available for download, does not give any importance
> to  open source. It only refers it once or twice.
> >
> > Please do send email to nep.edu at gov.in by 31st July 2016, in order that
> Free and Open Source Software would play the central role in ICT Education.
> Thanks Milind, Done
> Here is my email if it can be use for someone:
> ----
> Hon Minister,
> Thank you for inviting comments for the New Education Policy
> I refer to section 4.9 titled "Use of ICT in Education"
> It is imperative in today's world to leverage technology and internet for
> helping better education and we totally agree with this. However we are
> disappointed that there is no emphasis on making this based on Free and
> Open Source software.
> Not only is Free Software cost effective, there are many other benefits.
> Quoting the pioneer of Free Software, Richard Stallman,
> "Free software permits students to learn how software works. Some
> students, natural-born programmers, on reaching their teens yearn to learn
> everything there is to know about their computer and its software. They are
> intensely curious to read the source code of the programs that they use
> every day.
> Proprietary software rejects their thirst for knowledge: it says, “The
> knowledge you want is a secret—learning is forbidden!” Proprietary software
> is the enemy of the spirit of education, so it should not be tolerated in a
> school, except as an object for reverse engineering.
> Free software encourages everyone to learn. The free software community
> rejects the “priesthood of technology”, which keeps the general public in
> ignorance of how technology works; we encourage students of any age and
> situation to read the source code and learn as much as they want to know."
> In reference to this I strongly urge the department to include that all
> software used by schools should be Free and Open Source.
> Thanking you,
> Rushabh Mehta
> Founder & CEO
> Frappé Technologies Pvt Ltd
> Mumbai
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