Swathanthra Software Sangamam – 2nd Edition on May 25-29

Indian Libre User Group, Cochin Chapter is proud to present the second edition of the Swathanthra Software Sangamam from 25th to 29th of May 2009 at Vocational Higher Secondary School, Irimpanam, Thrippunithura. This event brings together the Free Software community, teachers and students for 5 days of knowledge sharing programmes.

Objectives of the Program

●   To teach the basics of Computing and Programming through Command Line
Interface and Python Programming.
●   To spread awareness on the importance of Free Software in Schools.
●   To create a free thinking group among the students, teachers and the community to
study, share and collaborate thereby developing skills for generating ideas and
technologies for the country.
●   To unravel the internals of computer hardware.
●   Engage them in fun filled activities for learning.

Date: 25 – 29th May 2009
Venue: Vocational Higher Secondary School,

Programme schedule:

May 25 -28:
Workshop on Programming using the Python Language

May 29:
Inauguration of Swathanthra Software Kuttayma, VHSS Irimpinam
Free Software Quiz Contest
Computer Hardware Internals Demonstration

Swathanthra Software Seminars

– Free Software, Free Society by Jay Jacob
– Future of Student Community through Swathanthra Software by Vimal Joseph

The complete details are given in the following files.

Programme Details (English)

Programme Details (Malayalam)

April 2009 Meeting Report

The Meeting for April 2009 was conducted successfully. Although the turnout was less compared to last time, we had a mix of attendees from various walks of life.

Date: 24-04-2009
Time: 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Internet Club, IInd Floor,
AMI Trust Building,
Broadway Enclave,
Broadway, Ernakulam
Attendance : 24

Agenda: Community Based Curriculum ( 2nd round )

The continuation of the previous meeting discussion, started slowly as many of the people who attended the last meetings could not make it this time.

The objective of the initiative “Community based Curriculum” was explained. The intent of the discussion of the present meeting was explained and everyone began discussing about what was needed for a strong foundation for IT/ Computer Science curriculum in schools.

Few important points from the meeting were captured:
– Students need to gain information handling skills
– Secure computing skills
– Application/ Hardware testing.
– Collaboration skills.

The action items were as follows :
– Define a foundation for a curriculum or rather build a base ( a set of objectives) for a curriculum/ syllabus.
– Create a wiki with a draft of the important points discussed forming a foundation.
– Make the initiative a core project for ilug cochin and the swathanthra software community.
– Formed a core action team to coordinate the activities for the initiative.
– Arrange a meeting once the wiki is setup, before next ILUG Cochin Meeting
– Continue the discussions in the next meeting.

Technical Presentation – Bash Scripting by Kurian

The basics of the command line were explained to the attendees. Bash scripting was explained through simple programs :
– Backup program
– Program to download streaming videos and store them to disk in free software formats.

The conditional loops and basic elements were explained through the above programs.

Conclusion :
The meeting ended with sreenadh describing the experience with students at Thodupuzha during the vacation class. The meeting concluded by reiterating the plan to realize the “Community based curriculum” by ILUG Cochin. The coordination team for the initiative was formed as follows after many of the attendees volunteered :

.VK Nizar
.KS Ravi
.Sanal Kumar
.Kevin Sha
.Jay Jacob


VK Nizar
KS Ravi
Sanal Kumar
Kevin Sha
Jay Jacob
Sreekanth T R
Arun Aravind
Kurian Mathew Thayyil
Saju T Abraham
Vinod Chandran R
Manu Ram
Harikrishnan T R
Renith M
John Peter