Swecha NCCCE Three Day Teacher Training Workshop

Swecha, along with National Consultative Committee on Computer Education is holding a 3 day Teacher Training Workshop.The Workshop is going to be held on the 10th ,11th and 12th of January,2015 in Hyderabad. The focus of this workshop is to train the teachers on BalaSwecha, an Operating System developed by Swecha Volunteers on the lines of free software. BalaSwecha Operating System aims to help the teachers by acting as a computer-aided-education tool. Two workhsops introducing this software have been organised last summer, covering 170 teachers from government schools, across both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The feedback from the teachers resulted in an updated version of the software. The current workshop will focus on training the teachers on the new applications and features.

Commune Lunch in Guntur

Swecha volunteers has organized a get together  in Guntur on 1st January . Commune lunch,movie screening,cultural programs and many more events were organized. More than 40 volunteers have actively  participated.

Swecha Stall in Vijayawada Book Fair


Swecha has put up a stall at the ongoing Vijayawada Book Fair being organized at PWD Grounds in Vijayawada. The book fair was inaugurated on the 1st  of January, 2015     and the stall received a reverberating response. All the visitors to the stall commended the work done by Swecha in bringing out 'Swecha OS' in telugu.

“I have been feeling bad that the number of telugu speaking people is reducing day by day. Being an ardent admirer of telugu, I feel glad on seeing the kind of work Swecha     has been doing to promote the language in one of the most revolutionary technologies of the present day- computer. I congratulate the Swecha team and hope that they     continue to do the kind of work they're doing,” said by a visitor

Colony affected by Hudhud rebuilt

  hudhud2.jpg  Forum of IT Professionals (ForIT) in collaboration with Swecha, part of Free Software Movement of India, has delivered on its promise to help rebuild one colony from the Hudhud affected Visakhapatnam. In this direction, we have distributed 1200 asbestos sheets worth Rs.4.5 lakhs, thereby benefiting 370 families. The distribution was done on 24th December, 2014 at Thotagaruvu near Arilova in Visakhapatnam.

FSMI statement on blocking of GitHub and other sites

Over the last few days, there have been reports that internet users in india are not able to access services like GitHub, PasteBin and Imgur. It is now increasingly becoming clear that these sites have been blocked by the ISPs (Internet Service Providers), with no explanation given. One ISP claims that these sites have been blocked as per the instructions of Competent Authority.

No mention of who the Competent Authority is nor the rationale behind the blockade have been provided. The situation with other ISPs is even worse, with a simple message that states "Service Unavailable". Netizens on the social media from across the country have been reporting on this issue, which confirms the fact that this is not a single ISP acting in isolation but a concerted effort at blocking these services. This could not have happened with out the notice of the Government. 

It is shocking to note that a popular code-hosting website like GitHub, which is very popular among researchers, scientists, developers and students alike, and PasteBin are blocked. This brazen act of censorship goes against the fundamental rights of the citizens and the absolute lack of transparency in these matters is an attack on democracy and scientific progress.

3 Days Appthon Camp on Firefox Os at K.G.Reddy College of Engineering & Technology by SWECHA

Firefox OS, the new operating mobile system from Mozilla, represents a wonder appthon for many swecha students volunteers who want to create apps for it. On December 27-29th Swecha conducted a 3 Days Firefox Os Appthon Camp at K.G.Reddy College of Engineering & Technology, More than 50 Students of different colleges from telangana region have contributed apps to mozilla firefox community and proved their abilities with Web technologies (CSS, HTML and JavaScript), to learn new things about Firefox OS and to test apps on new devices.

The camp was cover the following topics:

1) Introduction to HTML,CSS Javascript & Open web APIs.

2) Introduction to JavaScript & Setuping Firefox Emulator.

3) Developing a Firefox Os App and Uploading to Firefox Market Place.


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