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Foss initiatives by Government of Kerala
IT@School project is a Free and Open Source initiative by the department of general education, Government of Kerala. This is a state wide F0SS-based ICT in education project which has been running successfully for the last five years. Since its inception the state has witnessed nearly 2,738 high schools operating on Free and Open Source Software.
Various Open Source Initiatives have been taken by NIC kerala for effective use of open source for online applications. These solutions have been implemented in various application areas such as:
Online Counselling for engineering/medical/legal/MCA
Dairy development board
Secretariate Knowledge Management system Solutions to be showcased have been developed using LAMP and JAVA technologies.
Centre for Advanced Training in Free and Open Source Software (CATFOSS) at Ernakulam in the ITeS Habitat is maintained by the Kerala State IT Mission. It will be a joint venture of Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) and Center for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT). A batch of 50 students (25 each) would be trained in the first year in CATFOSS on various aspects of development of FOSS based software tools (to be increased to 100 students from the 2nd year onwards). Here, the students selected from Kerala and other states will pass through a series of software development programmes during the training period of 6 months. Softskill development aspects are also envisaged. Selection of students would be made at national level through on-line test. It is also decided that 25 percent of the students will be from outside the State. When completed, CATFOSS would be the center of excellence in providing a stream of both technical and intellectual expertise in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) not only in Kerala but also outside the state.