“Free software is software that respects your freedom and the social solidarity of your community. So it’s free as in freedom.”
— Richard Stallman
Knowledge multiplies when shared. Scientific knowledge belongs to the human race as a whole and disseminating knowledge is our duty. There should be no financial limit to its dissemination. Free software movement and Open-source-software movement were a huge step in this direction.
FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software) Club aims at creating awareness of various free and open-source projects. Club members will be encouraged to use FOSS technologies for all their computational needs. It will provide a platform for the students to enhance their technical knowledge and skills. The club operates on a student centric approach. Most of the technical sessions will be handled by the students itself. This will enable the students to prepare for participating in conferences, seminars, developer meets, hackathons etc.
A FOSS Club has been formed to promote the usage and awareness of Free and Open- Source Software among faculties and students on 16/04/2021. Mr. Deepak K. N. was appointed as the staff coordinator of the FOSS club.
FOSS Club of Universal Engineering College was inaugurated on 03/05/21 at 10:00 AM. The club was formed to promote awareness and usage of Free and Open-Source Software. Due to the Covid pandemic situation, the program was conducted using an online platform (ZOOM). The program started with a prayer. Dr. Sreeraj R (HOD, CSE Department, UEC) delivered the welcome address.
Dr. Jose K Jacob (Principal, UEC) inaugurated the FOSS Club and delivered the inaugural address. He talked about the importance of Open-Source Software. He described about the goals of the club and motivated the members. He also discussed about the stability and flexibility of open-source softwares. Students who have experience in open-source software can easily get placed in private and public sector like ISRO etc in future. After that Dr. Jose K Jacob released the logo of FOSS Club which was created by Mr. Suraj (FOSS Club student coordinator, S6 CSE).
After the inauguration, there was a technical session which was handled by the Chief guest Dr. Anthoniraj A (Director at software Development cell, Associated professor, school of Computer Science & Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology). He shared his experience and knowledge. He motivated the students and staffs to update themselves with advance technologies. He also explained that open-source softwares will be more prominent than proprietary software over a period of time. After his session, the chief guest also conducted an interactive session with the students. Students asked many technical doubts which were cleared by him. The Inaugural function came to end with a vote of thanks delivered by Mr. Vaishnav M.V (Student coordinator, S6 CSE). The session was anchored by Ms. Shreethal Janardhanan (Student, S6 CSE).
A five day short term training programme on Python for machine learning was organized by the Department of CSE in association with FOSS club.
Resource Person: Dr. Sreeraj R
Date: March 8th – March 12th, 2022
Staff In Charge:
Rema M K
Assistant Professor, CSE