A workshop was organised at IMPS College of Engineering & Technology, Malda from the 12th to 14th of October, ’09 with the objective of introducing the FOSS world to the students. The event page is here.
Kushal Das, Rtnpro, Yevlempy, Meejan and /me reached Malda on 12th morning. That journey to Malda has found a permanent place in my memory. Kushal da and Harsh(yevlempy) boarded the train from Sealdah, while rtnpro, meejan and myself were to board from Burdwan at 00:38.
It was around 00:20 that we decided to check out the reservation charts put up at the station. Surprisingly, we found our name missing from the list. Taking a good look at the print-out of the ticket, it dawned onto us that the booking was made for 11th Oct. (Thanks a lot, rtnpro!) and since it was past midnight, the date had changed to 12th! :-/ It was 00:30 by now and we dashed off to get tickets again.
Anyways, we did reach Malda and also got something to laugh at in the future. Thereafter, for the next three days, there were two sessions everyday, each being of around 2 hours’ duration. 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students from the IT dept. were told about FOSS, the 4F, Fedora, etc. Getting involved, where and how to begin, various ongoing projects, ideas, S0C, documentation, translation, etc. were discussed. Python found a liking among all of them, especially the 2nd years ones, who said that now, they would loath writing C codes for stacks and queues. Pdfs, links, etc. were given to all and had there been an active internet connection, IRC would have been shown in a better way.
At the end of the day, the whole experience was very good and I’m looking forward to attend many more such events in future. Besides, also got a chance to meet with Kushal da after a long time. Pics are here.