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AICTE: Cancel your contract with Microsoft (which locks in 80 lakh students to using only Microsoft) and use Open Source Alternatives
  • Petitioned Prof. S. S. Mantha

This petition was delivered to:

Chairman, AICTE
Prof. S. S. Mantha
Vice Chairman, AICTE
Dr. Avinash Pant

AICTE: Cancel your contract with Microsoft (which locks in 80 lakh students to using only Microsoft) and use Open Source Alternatives

    1. Abhishek Kumar
    2. Petition by

      Abhishek Kumar


80 Lakh Engineering Students will be locked into using Microsoft Office and will not be able to use or learn other Open Source Alternatives.

The decision will limit Engineering Students to one technology (Mircosoft Office 365) when their exposure should be widened.

A recent notification by the AICTE states that all institutes must compulsorily install and use Microsoft Office 365, a productivity suite. The AICTE notification that announced the mandate says the project needs to be completed by June 30, 2013.

This goes against the letter and spirit of what former President Abdul Kalam has said in the past that “In India, open source software will have to come and stay in a big way, for the benefit of our billion people.”

There is a strong case to be made for Open Source Alternatives. In early 2011, the state government of Kerala deployed an open-source enterprise-resource planning (ERP) package named Fedena to assist over 15,000 schools and 70 lakh students. Using the Office suite will only limit students to Microsoft's perspective and stand in the way of serious open-source research in rural colleges. Supreme Court of India has already embraced Open Source Technologies and is using them effectively.


This is a regressive step in the wrong direction. PLEASE PROTEST AND SHARE!

This story is available at http://www.thehindu.com/features/education/issues/engineering-students-locked-into-microsoft-office/article4640546.ece

Recent signatures


    1. IT for Change writes to AICTE

      Abhishek Kumar
      Petition Organizer

      A Bangalore based NGO - IT for Change, has written to AICTE protesting its move to force students to work in the Office 365 Ecosystem. YOu can find the letter here. Please share this petition with your friends and get them to sign it.

      Letter to AICTE on compulsory use of Office 365 suite | IT for Change

      The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has partnered with Microsoft Corporation to implement Cloud email for all its institutes. In their notification AICTE has mentioned that Microsoft Office 365 for Education will be compulsory for these institutes.

    2. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • J A Jose INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      For a developing nation like us and a nation which has the spiritual tradition of giving away, Open Source is the way to learn and give away for other developing nations.

      • about 1 year ago

      Open source is better

    • Gubba Vijaya Kumar HYDERABAD, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      To improve the innovative, creative and research base of youth.

    • Pronobesh Banerjee RANCHI, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Open sourcing is the way for better india

    • Sukhendu Ghosal JAIPUR, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      I love opensource ...


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