[Tugindia] Micro-enterprises and TeX
cvr at river-valley.org
Thu May 15 05:57:59 CEST 2003
The frist techno-entrepreneurial training program based on TeX and
free software has been formally inaugurated yesterday. The classes are
scheduled to start from Monday onwards. Faculty resources are provided
by TUGIndia (for TeX and related technologies) and people from a host
of institutions like Technopark, CSI, ER&DC, IEEE, SIFFS et al (for
soft skills), meaning the candidates will receive the best quality
Hope that the program will succeed in paving a way to generate wealth
among the population and provide a newer, unique, replicable model to
take on IT to the masses -- maybe a Kerala model of IT like the much
appreciated Kerala model of economy. Here is a brief report of the
inaugural events filed by Vikas Alathoor, Project Manager of
Micro-enterprises project. The next issue of TUGIndia Journal would
also carry a detailed report of the event with photographs.
The inauguration went well as scheduled. 13 candidates registered
today. Some them were accompanied with family. :-)
At 11:30 AM, the function started. I gave a (nervous) welcome
speech. Satish [Secretary, TUGIndia] took over and spoke broadly
about the need for youngsters to look for employing themselves
rather than finding people to employ them. Mahalingam [CEO,
Technopark] formally inaugurated the program. He spoke about the
program's role in putting Technopark as something more than a
real-estate provider for software companies. CVR complimented the
candidates for taking the 'unconventional step'. He touched upon the
various business opportunities of TeX technologies. Then Amarnath
Raja [CEO, InApp] pointed out the social significance of the
program. And finally I gave a spontaneous (another nervous) vote of
thanks. After a brief interaction with candidates over tea and
snacks, we all split at about 12:30 PM.
Candidates have been asked to report on Monday (May 19th) at 9 AM.
Entry passes will be issued to them once they provide stamp-size
photographs. Rs. 1500, fee per head for the entire training,
collected from the candidates has been credited to a "Community
Projects" account of Technopark and receipts have been issued.
Three more computers will be added to the existing ones provided by
Technopark to train the 13 people. This will be brought by TUG on
Once again, I have to acknowledge that all this would perhaps have
not happened without 'the sincere effort of converging wills'.
Thanking you all.
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