Free software saves Kerala schools $2.3 Million
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Free software saves Kerala schools $2.3 Million

Friday, 24 July 2009, 09:45 Hrs   |    5 Comments
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Thiruvananthapuram: By opting for the free and open software platform (FOSS) for the state-sponsored IT@School project, Kerala's General Education Department has saved $2.3 million (11 crore).

The project's Executive Director K. Anvar Sadath said if proprietary software were used in the 11,065 laptops and computers to be supplied in schools, a minimum of 11 crore would have been spent in procurement of software.

"This deployment, considered to be the largest ever, will start from tomorrow (Friday) and will include 8,385 computers, 9,607 UPS, 2,680 laptops, 1,871 multimedia projectors, 2,222 laser printers, 1,076 dot matrix printers and 1,759 scanners to be made available to schools," said Sadath.

This scheme is already running in 1,016 government schools and is now being extended to 3,055. At present it covers classes 8 to 12.

"The advantage of using free software is not only cost reduction, there are philosophical reasons behind this including sharing of knowledge. I think this is a model that other states can follow," said state Minister of Education M.A. Baby.
Source: IANS
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Reader's comments(5)
1: This is a start, should adapt the same system with state and central Govt. offices, banks, make coustomer service more affordable.
Posted by:R Thomas - 27 Jul, 2009
2: Now is the time to gearup with new innovative Open Source applications for various knowledge sharing activities & reach out our deeprooted rural segment & enlighten,empower them for a healthy Indian future.

Let other State Govt bodies,Central bodies & aspiring Private organizations stepup & move forward in the right direction.As stated by friend Salman,the concerned authrotities to work upon a simplified process & extend its usage by granting new project initiative funds,administer ,monitor the progress with appropriate KPI's..

Posted by:parthasarathi Doraisamy - 25 Jul, 2009
3: I think this is really groundbreaking and for the Government to do so, is really visionary.

In order to make this really successful, they should set up a clearing house Portal for the latest OSS software, drivers, tutorials, knowledge sharing platforms and set up KPIs to monitor the impact of this considerable initiative.

I hope in Pakistan we can follow this path as well.


Salman Ansari
Posted by:Salman Ansari - 24 Jul, 2009
4: these projects will surely improve the education rate.
Posted by:Rama - 24 Jul, 2009
Welcome to Open Source... Say Good bye to MS & proprietary software
Rajesh Replied to: Rama - 24 Jul, 2009