Thirty-three students bagged the prestigious Red Hat
Scholarships Awards 2004-2005, titled ''the lord of the
code'' an education initiative designed to encourage
open source software developers.
first prize was given to a team of students from Army
Institute of Technology, Pune for their project, Virtual
Private Server (VPS) 2.6.5-1.358.
conducted with the Kanwal Rekhi School of Information
Technology at IIT Bombay, the programme had participants
from across India. Interesting projects like college
information system, virtual private server, mapping
a ILip movement to meaning, a front end for ''C'' compiler
were submitted for review.
the award ceremony, Red Hat also announced the launch
of a new Red Hat scholarships program for 2005-2006.
the winners, Javed Tapia, director, Red Hat India said,
that the largest number of engineers graduated out of
India and "given the right guidance, the next Linus
Torvalds (the creator of Linux) can emerge out of our
country." He mentioned that open source has enormous
potential for innovation, that currently, 300 of the
world''s 500 super computers run on Linux. Tapia said
the initiative for this challenge stemmed from the fact
that there is a need to localise open source in India,
given that the nneds of Indian users are quite different
from those of others. This scholarship is specifically
targeted at Indian students, as opposed to the other
open source challenges that are open to people the world
open source movement is extremely relevant to India''s
future in the digital age," said Prof D B Phatak,
dean of the Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology.
"Our objective with the Red Hat scholarships programmes
is to inculcate the open source philosophy into the
minds of students. Looking at the rate of adoption of
Open Source in India, there will be a great demand for
open source engineers. "
India does a lot of software development, there are
very few programs that recognise programming talent.
Programmes like Red Hat scholarships can help improve
software quality and encourage young talent in India,
making the country more competitive," Dr Phatak
first prize of Rs2 lakh was won by Amit Yadav, Pranay
Pramod, Narender Kumar, Nishant Kumar from the Army
Institute of Technology, Pune, for their project on
''virtual private servers'' (VPS).
project aimed to eliminate the need for individual servers
for hosting different websites by providing several
virtual servers on a single computer. This enables several
websites to be hosted simultaneously on a single machine
while being independent of each other. The method proves
cost effective by decreasing expenses required on hardware
as well as power supply.
Tiruchirapalli-based the National Institute of Technology''s
Ramasamy C, Muthiah A, Hemant Kumar, R Saravana Manickam
received the Rs1.5-lakh second prize for their project
aims to bring the full-featured toolkit like GTK to
GNU Octave, to make scientific computing tools with
a GUI front-end scripted from Octave itself. This directly
translates to end users, as a new and powerful paradigm
for constructing GUI''s with minimal knowledge of the
constructs, and easy interface for scientific programmes,
in a really short time.
is an Octave Gtk binding, which helps you access the
GTK C API from the GNU Octave''s, interpreted language
Octave. This cross language interoperability is achieved
by Octave-Gtk binding code, which enables type safe,
idempotent access of functions and objects from the
either domains of Octave and C, in a clean, and transparent
manner, hiding the details to the end user.
''college information system'' designed to impart technology
teaching and handling various management activities,
while allowing students to access various teaching resources;
manage schedules, projects and deadlines and enabling
teachers to grade and monitor students'' progress was
ranked third. The system was designed by A K Karthikeyan,
O Ratna Srikanth, .Karthikbabu, Vamshi Krishna Sadhu
from the Scient Institute of Engineering & Technology,
who were awarded Rs1 lakh.
prizes of Rs50,000 were awarded to six other colleges
from Coimbatore, Bagalkot, Manipal, and Mumbai.
Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology (KReSIT)
formally started operation with the first batch of M.Tech
students in 1999. The focus of the school is provide
a close interaction with industry and research with
a focus on integration of
various ''compartments'', and entrepreneurship. The funding
for starting the school has come from two alumni of
IIT Bombay Nandan Nilekhani and Kanwal Rekhi