Winners of the Red Hat Scholarships 2005-2006 Program, an open-source programming competition conducted by IIT Bombay and Red Hat India were announced.
At a press conference held in Mumbai today, Red Hat announced the winners of its Red Hat Scholarships 2005-2006 Program, an open-source programming competition conducted jointly by the eKALAVYA open-source initiative at IIT Bombay and Red Hat India.
The first prize of Rs two lakhs was won by a two-member team from IIT Bombay. The second prize, an amount of Rs 1.5 lakhs, went to an all-women team from Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune. Winners of the third prize, namely Rs 1 lakh, were also women - from Shri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore.
Reportedly, this year's program received several high-quality entries from across-the-country that led judges to grant prestigious "Lord of the Code" awards, as also other special awards in addition to the conventional awards.
Present at the ceremony were Prof D B Phatak and Prof Subarao M Nilekani, both from the Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology, IIT Bombay.
Prof Phatak said, "We are happy with the fact that more women have participated in this year's program. The student projects received this year are out-standing, and will contribute immensely to the global open-source community. In this country, open-source can play a big role in modernizing the education system by making world-class software and source code available to students and teachers. The eKALAVYA initiative of IIT Bombay and Red Hat is an effort in this direction."
Venkatesh Hariharan, head, open-source affairs, Red Hat India,
said, "The National Knowledge Commission, headed by Dr Sam Pitroda, recently recommended to the Prime Minister that India must use open-source software wherever possible. Open-source offers a great alternative to expensive proprietary software, and has therefore become popular with the Indian industry."
A popular initiative, the Red Hat Scholarships Program aims at helping students looking for guidance on software development projects. Under this program, students can sign-up online for open-source projects, seek advice from mentors in the open-source community, find projects they can participate in, download open-source software, and so on and so forth.
The Red Hat Scholarships 2006-2007 Program has been expanded to cover countries, including Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, and Bhutan.