To re­duce costs, schools and col­leges ready to use open source free soft­ware

Since these are free soft­ware, the fees that stu­dents pay will re­duce. Se­condly, the li­cenc­ing cost will also de­crease ef­fec­tively re­duc­ing the cost of education

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - RON­ALD RODRIGUES

Many teach­ers and fac­ulty of schools and col­leges across the city are will­ing to use open source com­puter soft­ware for learn­ing. This is be­cause var­i­ous in­ter­ac­tive ap­pli­ca­tions on these soft­ware, based on sub­ject-wise learn­ing, can help stu­dents. They will also help bring the cost of education down, elim­i­nate the need for li­cenc­ing and put an end to piracy.

These soft­ware are avail­able for all sub­jects and cour­ses and are an al­ter­na­tive for pro­pri­etary ones which have a re­new­able li­cence with a heavy fee.

Stu­dents can learn sub­jects like Physics, Chem­istry, His­tory, Ge­og­ra­phy and Math­e­mat­ics in an in­ter­ac­tive way. The ap­pli­ca­tions also im­part more than the reg­u­lar syl­labus. Nilesh Gh­vate, a pro­fes­sor at Don Bosco In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (DBIT), said, “The ap­pli­ca­tions have the ba­sic con­cepts of any sub­ject and also ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion. The stu­dents can re­fer to it any­time to learn more about var­i­ous as­pects of their syl­labus.”

The fees of stu­dents and ex­pen­di­ture of education in­sti­tu­tions will also re­duce if these free soft­ware are used. Kranti Ghag, a se­nior mem­ber of the Free Soft­ware Move­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra, said, “As these are free soft­wares the fees that stu­dents pay will re­duce. Se­condly, the li­cenc­ing cost which is gen­er­ally a huge amount will also de­crease. In this way, we can re­duce the cost of education and also put an end to pri­vacy.”

Teach­ers are en­cour­aged to be adopt this idea so that stu­dents get a hang of these soft­wares are at an early age. Schools like St Mary’s School at Maz­gaon and engi­neer­ing col­leges like DBIT at Vidyav­i­har have adopted Linux open source op­er­at­ing sys­tem (OS) en­tirely.

The Linux Users Group (ILUG) is a com­mu­nity of vol­un­teers prop­a­gat­ing the use of soft­wares to trans­form the education space. The Linux group meets on the 2nd Saturday of ev­ery month be­tween 3 pm to 5pm at DBIT at Vidyav­i­har to help any­one.

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