[Tugindia] LaTeX in schools

Amitabh Trehan amitabhtrehan at softhome.net
Mon Apr 7 12:51:48 CEST 2003

Woaaa! This is an important discussion. I am only too happy to report
that computer novices in our M.Sc. courses at Mahatma Gandhi
Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya have taken to Linux and LaTeX (yes,
hand creation usig GVim) like ducks to water, but I envisage a shortage
of teachers to carry out the job meaningfully.
 It is my experience that caligraphy, typography, fontography and
publishing are neglected fields of research in Indian academia but there
is unending interesting work possible there. Maybe it is because we try
to demarcate science and arts very strictly!! . So, I would suggest we
can make lot of gains by working at both ends - getting academicians
(part. computer science deptts ai IITs, univs) taking this whole area
seriously, and exposing chidren to it. Personally, I would have been
very happy to have got an exposure to caligraphy and typograpy and the
rest as a student (would have given idea of some practical use of
drawing and lot of other stuff we learn as students).


On Sat, 2003-04-05 at 13:33, LinuxLingam wrote:
> On Saturday 05 April 2003 09:43 am, Radhakrishnan CV wrote:
> [snip]
> am so excited to see the discussion on Tex for schools.
> i am quite keen on it, as most of you know.

> typography is a new and altogether different subject. to teach it to 
> students, i realize we must start by giving them a taste of 'calligraphy'. 
> and then, gradually, bring in typography concepts, and then show digital 
> typography through TeX.

> > Later, when two children from this list successfully created open type
> > fonts for Devanagri and released them under LGPL (the fonts attracted
> > even Microsoft!), I thought how misconceived are the seniors in the
> > list about the potentialities of our children!
> the school children i discovered, are quite intelligent and an enthusiastic 
> bunch who want to learn new sophisticated tools. they need something 
> challenging for their minds. hopefully, more things will be done soon for 
> furthering font development as well in schools soon. stay tuned.
> :-)
> LL
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