Prajña : Cognizant FLOSS Corps
have started a new group (so far unofficial) in Cognizant which
endeavours to help in the upliftment of the rural & urban poor of
India by giving them a digital edge achieved by implementing &
teaching FLOSS based solutions in academic institutions & self help
We are Prajña : Cognizant FLOSS Corps
in Sanskrit, stands for wisdom, intelligence which we try to impart
& also comes closest to the translation of Cognizant. I plan to use
swan as a mascot. Swan is closest to Hamsa, Saraswati's vahan &
represents wisdom & knowledge too :)
is still in its infancy (only two days old) and not much has been
setup, except for securing the help of some people who have promised
help in their personal capacities. I am putting a mind map here on my
plans for this group & solicit your feedback & suggestions.
The idea for starting such a group got seeded in my mind while I was researching for the previous post of mine called "
Satyagrah for Swatantra Software in India
The blog has also been posted in Cognizant's internal blogs (ch1blogs,
short for Channel One Blogs) where I maintain a blog called FLOSS
Bites. I was very much impressed & driven by the recent efforts of
ilug-cal to implement LTSP in rural schools & teaching the MLAs (I
have mentioned it in my post too).
My idea got watered further
during my various discussions on these internal blogs wrt Charity in
Hinduism & Cognizant's Corporate Social Responsibility.
driving force to start this group is my belief that the greatest
charity we can do in this day & age is to give somebody a job or
teach a job, so that they are self sufficient as well as strive to
provide employment to others too. And this self sufficiency is what
will provide actual freedom to all our poor. No wonder then that I
choose only Swatantra software (FLOSS).
Also, I will not
consider using proprietary solutions even if given away for free. This
might seem extremist but that's my belief. Teaching people proprietary
solutions for free is a sure fire way to get the people hooked onto a
solution which they will not be able to afford once they get addicted.
This is pretty much like getting people addicted to drugs for free
& then making them pay heavily.
And finally, seeking all your blessings & well wishes too.
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