Great news. Congrats guys, do add it to the wikimedia.in wiki

Sent from my Motorola L9. Please excuse spelling errors.

On Jun 6, 2011 3:33 PM, "Srikeit" <srik...@gmail.com> wrote:

Another mention. This one is in the Sakaal Times and has the pic of the
Campus Ambassadors.

*Sakaal Times :  Wiki zeroes in on Pune for India pilot programme*

*Epaper view:*
http://epaper.sakaaltimes.com/SakaalTimes/6Jun2011/Enlarge/page2.htm

*Web view:*
http://www.sakaaltimes.com/SakaalTimesBeta/20110606/4854309928818006706.htm


*PUNE*: Wikipedia is all set to roll out its ‘India education programme’ in
the country with Pune being chosen as preferred location for pilot launch.

A group of  22 volunteers, referred as ‘campus ambassadors,’ completed their
formal training here on Sunday and will be reaching out to local campuses
beginning from coming academic year.

The world’s largest online encyclopaedia is of the view that information
about India and those contributed from Indians is not adequately represented
on Wikipedia, and filling this void is the main aim behind this initiative.
To achieve this, Wikipedia has planned to rope in academic community,
involving college teachers and students, who will be contributing in terms
of rich contents with the support from 'campus ambassadors'.

“College students undergo lot of written assignments, some of which would be
replaced by writing articles for Wikipedia. To this end, we will work with
professors and teachers through campus ambassadors to identify potential
articles on Wikipedia that can be created or improved through classwork,”
said *Frank Schulenburg*, head of Public Outreach of Wikimedia, a nonprofit
organisation that operates Wikipedia.

To a query, he said that Pune is one of the vital educational hub in India,
making it an ideal place to engage a diverse group of  campus ambassadors,
and hence chosen for pilot launch.

 A mix of students as well as young and experienced professionals comprises
group of 22 ‘campus ambassadors,’ some of which are based in Pune while
others hail from different cities across India.

These volunteers will provide face-to-face support to students on how to
edit Wikipedia, work with teachers to incorporate Wikipedia assignments into
classrooms, help recruit new contributors on campuses, and participate in
real life activities in support of 'free knowledge'.

*Hishan Mundol*, who is leading 'India education programme' told Sakal Times
that several leading educational institutions from in and around Pune have
shown deep interest in becoming the part of Wikipedia initiative.

“India education programme is going to benefit immensely students and
institutions alike. While student will hone skills like research, critical
thinking, writing and collaboration due to Wikipedia initiative,
institutions will achieve academic excellence to stand out from others,” he
told Sakal Times.

*Ram Yadav*, an IT professional and Sagar Makode, who is pursuing MBA from
University of Pune, both who are  campus ambassadors,  felt that
volunteering for ‘India education programme’ was something returning to
Wikipedia, which has been freely sharing in the sum of all knowledge.

BRIDGING GAP
The online encyclopaedia is of the view that info about India and that
contributed from Indians is not adequately represented on Wikipedia. It
wants to fill this void through this initiative.
 <http://epaper.sakaaltimes.com/SakaalTimes/6Jun2011/Enlarge/page2.htm>


Regards

On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM, CherianTinu Abraham <tinucher...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> >
> > The Hindu : "Wikimedia Foundation launches Campus Ambassadors Program in
> Pune"
> > http://www.theh...
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