Congrats Shiju and Nitika! I look forward to a good acceleration of wiki growth 
in India with your participation.

Regards,
Sundar
 
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for 
the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture


>________________________________
>From: Arun Ramarathnam <arunra...@gmail.com>
>To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
>Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:23 AM
>Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Welcome to the India Team! : Shiju & Nitika
>
>
>This is great news.
>A warm welcome and best wishes to Shiju and Nitika in their new roles.
>Regards
>Arun
>On Jul 29, 2011 1:42 PM, "CherianTinu Abraham" <tinucher...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Congratulations to Shiju and Nitika.
>> 
>> It has been great working along with Shiju, closely  for years now and I
>> don't have to tell that how much he deserves this. I wondered how he gets
>> time to "really" work with ABB with all his wiki activities ;) and I am sure
>> that this position would help him concentrate on one thing he is really
>> passionate about.
>> 
>> Welcome on-board, Nitika ! Looking forward to work with you too.
>> 
>> Best wishes again to both Shiju and Nitika !
>> 
>> Regards
>> Tinu Cherian
>> 
>> 
>> On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM, Hisham Mundol <hmun...@wikimedia.org>wrote:
>> 
>>> Hi Folks,
>>>
>>> I'm really pleased to send out this email welcoming the first 2 new members
>>> of the India Programs team.  Just before I introduce them, I thought I'd
>>> share with you the background of their selection.
>>>
>>> *Context*
>>>
>>> As you might be aware, the Foundation had decided to undertake a catalyst
>>> operation in India to promote the growth of the community and projects here.
>>>  The team is expected to be a small, nimble 5 person group.  We had put out
>>> 2 job postings - for Indic Initiatives and for Participation.  (Please
>>> refer:
>>> http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-May/003007.html)
>>>  We posted them on linkedin and on the Indian FOSS community list as well
>>> as announcing them on various Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.
>>>
>>> The response was wonderful.  >110 applications for Indic Initiatives and
>>> nearly 175 applications for Participation.  These were short-listed to 10 (3
>>> for Indic Language and 7 for Participation.)  These were a mix of existing &
>>> previous Wikipedians, Wikipedia newbies and open source advocates.
>>>
>>> In June, the shortlisted 10 were interviewed and further down-selected to
>>> 4.  These 4 were then further interviewed by a group of other staff members
>>> from the Foundation.  I am pleased to inform the community of the final
>>> selected 2.
>>>
>>> *Shiju Alex - Indic Initiatives*
>>>
>>> Most of you already know Shiju. For those who don't, Shiju is a long-time
>>> Wikipedian [User: shijualex] and is active on Malayalam Wikipedia, English
>>> wikiprojects and Wikimedia Commons, as well as Wikisource and offline.  He
>>> has been passionately involved with the establishing and building of Indic
>>> language Wikipedias.  He's participated in a series of outreach activities
>>> and is also (jointly) undertaking a grant from the Foundation for outreach
>>> across India.  He's a regular member of the Bangalore community.
>>>
>>> Shiju is from Palakkad, Kerala and is married with a 2 year old baby.  He
>>> currently works as a Senior Technical Writer with ABB in Bangalore.
>>>
>>> Even those of you who know him might not know the following 2 things that I
>>> was lucky to discover during the selection process.  Shiju is an MSc in
>>> Physics with a specialisation in Astronomy and Astrophysics - and he retains
>>> a deep interest in anything astronomical.  Feel free to quiz him vigorously
>>> on this!  He also enjoys trekking and misses his time in Pune where he could
>>> be up & close the gorgeous Sahyadri Hills.
>>>
>>> Shiju is going to lead our work on promoting Indic language projects across
>>> India.  The challenges are enormous - from technical constraints to low
>>> levels of awareness of these projects to vibrant but nascent communities.
>>>  However, these only point to the massive size of the opportunity for Indic
>>> language projects - which is the joint top-2 strategic priority of the
>>> movement in India.  After he joins, he'll collaboratively put together a
>>> plan for Indic language projects and work towards quality execution of
>>> high-impact initiatives.
>>>
>>> Shiju is currently serving out his notice period so will be able to join us
>>> only around September - October.
>>>
>>> *Nitika Tandon - Participation*
>>>
>>> Nitika [User:nitika.t] is relatively newer to the community - and has been
>>> brushing up her editing.  She's been immersing herself in the Wikimedia
>>> world and attended community meet-ups as well as reviews of the Wikipedia
>>> India Education Program.  She is from Delhi - and is currently based in
>>> Mumbai - where she works as a Strategic Partnerships Manager with Directi.
>>> (If you're not aware, they are one of the most prominent internet domain &
>>> solutions providers in India.)
>>>
>>> Nitika has an MBA and has also worked on research analytics.  A fascinating
>>> detail I discovered about a previous assignment of hers - and you must ask
>>> her about it - is how African drums can be used for management coaching!
>>>  She also reliably informs me that there are 7 Spanish dance forms and she
>>> instructs in all of them!
>>>
>>> Nitika is going to be working on Participation - which is primarily
>>> focussed on increasing the contributor base of non-Indic language projects,
>>> primarily Wikipedia.   One of her first tasks will be to expand the
>>> Wikipedia India Education Program from the Pune pilot to a more national
>>> footprint.  She'll also work on other initiatives to promote participation -
>>> and I can foresee Wikimedia Commons being a potential initiative.
>>>
>>> Nitika will join us on August 1st.
>>>
>>> *Introductions*
>>>
>>> I'm going to be scheduling the August Monthly India Programs IRC on
>>> Thursday August 18th to introduce them both to you.  Please do join us.
>>>  I'll send a reminder closer to the date.  Also, needless to say, they'll
>>> be attending a series of community meet-ups over the next months.
>>>
>>> In the meantime, please do join me in welcoming them onboard. I'm really
>>> excited because this means that we will now have the capacity and capability
>>> to dramatically accelerate our activities in India.
>>>
>>> Warmest Regards,
>>>
>>>                                *Hisham Mundol*
>>> *
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