Saturday, 13 September 2014

IGNITE –The Spark of Knowledge

On 18th of August 2014, GLUG PACE: a community of students had hosted an inaugural event for the GLUG activities for the year 2014. This event was organized for spreading the awareness of free and open source software (FOSS) among the students of PACE. GLUG PACE is continuously working on spreading the awareness of FOSS among the students of PACE as well as different Engineering Colleges, Pre-University Colleges and Schools by organizing many events related FOSS.
Inauguration function was conducted in the presence of Dr. Abdul Shareef : Principle of PACE ,Mrs Doorathi: Head of the Department of IS , Dr. Zahid Ansari: Professor of CS Department, Mr. Yajnesh T: an alumnus and guest of honor , Sanjay Mahto: President of GLUG PACE along with the various lecturers and professors of various department.
The inaugural function saw more than 150 enthusiastic students of CS and IS department who were present to acquire the knowledge about FOSS. Initially GLUG volunteers had introduced participants about GLUG which was handled by Ms. Sheeja , A brief introduction on Free Movement Karnataka (FSMK) was given by Ms. Aparna.
Free Software Movement Karnataka (FSMK) is a non-profit organization working for spreading free software and its ideals. The movement is inspired by software freedom visionaries like Richard Stallman. FSMK is a community of like minded people who love free software. They spread awareness of FOSS and teach various FOSS technologies.
Mr. Yajnesh had initiated his session on FOSS technologies. He had introduced various FOSS technologies to the students along with their uses. Yajnesh is a member of pilot GLUG PACE group which was formed by Dr. Waseem Ahmed on 2008. The effort of GLUG PACE team was highly appreciated by the dignitaries of the event and motivated to continue apprising and teaching FOSS technologies to students.
In upcoming month GLUG PACE will be conducting python workshop in association of FSMK and PYCON. Later one of the main event “ByteStruck” will be conducted by GLUG PACE to introduce school and PU students with FOSS by conducting competitions on FOSS environment and encourage them to learn it. GLUG PACE has been conducting ByteStruck since 2008 with the continuous support and motivation from Head of The Department of CS: Dr. Ganesh Aithal. He has been continuously encouraging GLUG PACE team to organize such events educate students about the importance of FOSS.

FOSS is one of the most important term which everyone should be aware. GLUG PACE will continue the path of spreading knowledge and teach FOSS to everyone.