Atanu Dey On India's Development

Open Source and Education

From the article How the Open Source Movement Has Changed Education: 10 Success Stories: “MIT provides just one of the 10 open source educational success stories detailed below. Open source and open access resources have changed how colleges, organizations, instructors, and prospective students use software, operating systems and online documents for educational purposes. And, in most cases, each success story also has served as a springboard to create more open source projects.”

The information exists out there. The challenge is to make it accessible — both physically and mentally. Physical accessibility is a technical problem and therefore requires a bit of hardware and software. It is only a matter of time before technology will be cheap enough that it would not matter whether you are rich or poor — you will have all the information accessible. Mental accessibility is a different matter. Those who don’t have the basic pre-requisite to make sense of the information will be at a disadvantage relative to those who have the skills to use the information. The challenge for India is to provide basic education — reading, writing, arithmetic and reasoning.

  • Jack of all Trades

    Hi Atanu, when are you getting back?

  • http://vashistvishal.blogspot.com/2007/05/water-from-thin-air-invention-from.html vishal

    Pointing out the great divide between Western (esp US and UK) and India’ education system is.
    Western education highly applied (which is comes from reasoning)
    In India even though we have the coursework which is applied but not many understand it thoroughly.
    And that’s hwy we he have majority of people say qualifying IIT is tough when it comes to engineering Courses.

    We need to change that at grass rot level as most of the teachers in primary school never teaches you that way.

    In addition to this i found learning computer science is one of ways to understand what i mean applied or practical approach. Machine will understand (display) only (right/wrong) what you tell it do.

    Just one of those observations.

  • Nihang Shah

    WOW, This is the post I was looking for. It’s only published by you, but can change India if it’s implemented.

    Anyway, I asked few people on their opinions which were quite surprising…

    OPEN SOURCE Indian Education system