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Kuvempu Centre for Kannada Software & Tech in Mysore / KUVEMPU CENTRE SOON /

Posted by egovindia on August 18, 2009

Kuvempu Centre for Kannada Software & Tech in Mysore / KUVEMPU CENTRE SOON /
 
Kuvempu Centre for Kannada Software & Tech in Mysore

Friday, December 24, 2004  –  MYSORE, DHNS:
 
IT usage, especially in the government will have a deep impact on the culture of Karnataka because it hits at the very root of the culture – its language.

 
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/dec242004/d31.asp
 
University of Mysore has come forward to set up a ‘Rashtrakavi Kuvempu International Centre for Kannada Software and Technology’ coinciding with Rashtrakavi Kuvempu’s Birth Centenary celebrations to develop and promote newer technologies for Kannada.

At a press conference here on Thursday, Vice-Chancellor Prof J Shashidara Prasad said the centre would identify and acquire the technologies already developed by various institutions and industries which can help the promotion of Kannada on the digital medium.

It would encourage academic institutions and industries with adequate funds to develop newer technologies for the emerging needs, and facilitate technology transfer to industries, NGOs and end users free of cost.

He said the centre would excel as a repository for Kannada software technologies. At least Rs 5 crore would be required for setting up the centre and Rs 10 crore had been sought from the Centre.

V M Kumaraswamy, CEO, Nova Group, Business and Management Consulting said Union Minister of State for Planning M V Rajashekaran has assured to support the initiative.

Mr Kumaraswamy, a US resident, said Kannada is a language with tremendous richness and antiquity and resilience with over 2,000 years of spoken and written history.

“There has been an uninterrupted growth of its literature and are in various mediums like stone and metal etchings, palm leaf inscriptions and on paper. In keeping with the modern times and technologies, the latest medium on which it has adapted itself is the computer and electronic mediums as evident in the usage of Kannada in electronic publishing, multimedia and educational content, Internet websites, and e-mails, discussion groups, e-books, government administration, word processing and office applications,†he explained.

“There are however some dark clouds hovering over Kannada in these newest electronic mediums and it faces grave danger due to some harmful developments over the past few years as a result of which, independent software developers for Kannada software have virtually been eliminated and ultimately it has reached the stage for the subservience of Kannada language to some elements,†he said.

With the independent software developers in a precarious condition and multifaceted use of computers spreading with English interface, the vast majority of Kannadigas who cannot afford to avail the facilities will be left high and dry, he opined.

It should be borne in mind that unlike the proliferation of the IT industry in State, IT usage within Karnataka and especially the government will have a deep influence and impact on the culture and heritage of Karnataka because it hits at the very root of culture, its language, Mr Kumaraswamy said.

Also the welfare of the masses is at stake when their main medium of communication is not in their language. Hence, the Centre was planned to propel the development of technologies for Kannada for its efficient use on digital mediums like computer.

Former Vice-Chancellor Dr D Jaware Gowda, Registrar N D Tiwari, and Registrar (Evaluation) Nagaraj were present.
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KUVEMPU CENTRE SOON – ‘Unified’ Kannada software development –
‘Rashtrakavi Kuvempu International Centre for Kannada Software and Technology’
KUVEMPU CENTRE SOON
‘Unified’ Kannada software development

By Shankar Bennur DH News Service, Mysore: Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Academic institutions and industries will be benefited by the Centre which will contribute funds to facilitate development of newer technologies

  http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/may312005/district1841452005530.asp

University of Mysore has received the State government’s clearance for opening ‘Rashtrakavi Kuvempu International Centre for Kannada Software and Technology’ to develop and promote newer technologies for Kannada.

 
The centre will come up at Senate Bhavan in a couple of weeks. Prior to its launch, a meeting of software professionals who were involved in developing Kannada software like Nudi, Baraha, has been planned to discuss aims and objectives and also the action plan for the centre.

Vice-chancellor Prof J Shashidara Prasad told Deccan Herald that the centre will identify and acquire the technologies already developed by various institutions and industries to help in promotion of Kannada on digital medium.

 
“The centre will encourage academic institutions and industries with adequate funds to develop newer technologies for the emerging needs, and facilitate technology transfer to industries, NGOs and end users free of cost,†he said.

He said the centre will excel as a repository for Kannada software technologies. “The main focus of the centre will be to bring all Kannada software developers in one place and develop software in Kannada with open source code,†he added.

Focus on Kannada

The vice-chancellor said the centre will propel the development of technologies for Kannada for its efficient use on digital media like computer. While the State government has promised funds for the centre, the university is planning to seek special grants from the Union Government for the centre.

“Union Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran has hailed the efforts being made by the university in promoting Kannada software and also assured to extend possible help to the Kannada software development centre,†he said

Kannada is a language with tremendous richness and antiquity and resilience with over 2,000 years of spoken and written history.

According to Kannada experts, there has been an uninterrupted growth of its literature and are in various mediums like stone and metal etching, palm leaf inscriptions and on paper. In keeping with the modern times and technologies, the latest medium on which it has adapted itself is the computer and electronic mediums as evident in the usage of Kannada in electronic publishing, multimedia and educational content, internet websites, and e-mails, discussion groups, e-books government administration, word processing and office applications.

However, with the independent Kannada software developers in a precarious condition and multifaceted use of computers spreading with English interface, a vast majority of Kannadigas are not in a position to avail the facilities. The centre aims to overcome these issues by developing software technologies for Kannada which could be accessed by anybody.
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KUVEMPU INTERNATIONAL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT and TEHNOLOGIES CENTER. “KISDTC”
  
KISDTC will also help GoK to improve e-Governance and make KANNADA as ADALITHA BHASHE and help in implementing KANNADA at all levels of administartion.
KISDTC is suggesting open source to GoK is very simple. GoK can function well and introduce KANNADA at all levels of Govt. as ADALITHA BHASHE. It becomes easier under open source.
It makes  Kannadiga Software Engineers and programmers in Karnataka from different districts in Karnataka State to work on districts problems. This creates local jobs in each district. All districts in Karnataka State will improve. Employment increases in every sector in each district. e-Governance of Karnataka State will become easy for GoK.
When Kannadiga Software Engineers and programmers in Karnataka can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for any software, the software that has been developed by Kannadiga Software Engineers in Karnataka evolves and it could be used by all in INDIA and other states of INDIA. This develops more market for Kannadiga Software Engineers and programmers all over INDIA and around the world.
Kannadiga Software Engineers in Karnataka will improve the software,  Kannadiga Software Engineers in Karnataka will make it to adapt it, Kannadiga Software Engineers in Karnataka will fix bugs of the software.
Conventional software development takes place in a slow pace. We all got used it. It needs to change now. Now this can happen at a speed no one could have imagined.
GoK should look into how to make state government work better and cheaper.
 
Open-source software is a legitimate and potentially effective approach to software development for GoK.
 
Open-source products as more flexible and secure than the proprietary code that dominates GoK systems today.
 
GoK should considered proposals from outside experts that would boost government use of Linux and other technologies.
 
GoK should not depend on only one source through e-Governance department of GoK. GoK’s e-governance might not know all the things that are available in the open market. GoK’s e-Governance may be biased towards one only product or single vendor which might be a propreitary software. Where source code is not available for users in GoK.
 
GoK “should take an inventory of software purchases and software renewals…and implement open-source alternatives where feasible,”.
 
Open-source can be a major cost savings for GoK, and GoK can’t simply ignore it.
 
GoK needs software security. Since Open-Source Software is having greater number of people keeping an eye on source code leads to better software security. With open-source code, “thousands of people look at the critical portions of source code and…check those portions are right. It’s a major advantage to have open-source code.”
 
GoK should join other numerous government bodies in Germany, UK, China, Korea, Commanwealth of Massachussets and some states in INDIA that have adopted or considered procurement policies that favor open-source software as more cost-effective and secure.
 
Even our President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam favours open source software for INDIA with Billion people. He wants younger generation to learn from this so that INDIA can develop it’s own software through open source. This also preserves our NATIONAL SECURITY and DEFENCE SYSTEMS.
 
In China they are interested in using what they build, and they are building Linux-based applications today.In U.S., they are very focused on the total cost of ownership and flexibility. In Japan, they are focused more on the import-export ratios, and they would like to see more exporting of software versus importing of software.
 
GoK needs to develop level playing field around software development, so GoK can create local jobs building infrastructure. GoK needs to be concerned about where GoK money goes. Open-source projects, especially those requiring extensive localization and integration of existing products, promise to employ local developers. This builds the local economy. This helps to build jobs in various parts of Karnataka State like Hubli, Dharwad, Belgaum, Bellary, Bidar, Raichur, Mysore, Mandya, Shimoga, Mangalore and other districts.
 
GoK needs to train KANNADIGAS in all Districts so that it will have enough man power in each district. This helps the functioning of GoK easier, better and cheaper. Karnataka State money stays with in Karnataka State. This creates revolving economy in Karnataka State.
 
LET US get all KANNADIGAS who are interested in FLOSS and who can help  “KISDTC” .
 
Suggestions are welcome.
 
 
Thanks
Sincerely
 
V. M. Kumaraswamy
KCA of SC Life Member
1982 – 1983, Secretary of KCA of SC
1998 – 2000, Secretary of KCA of SC and
Secretary of KCA of SC SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS Committee
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