On Nov 12, 2011, at 8:04 PM, Swaroop Rao wrote:

> Also, it seems that CoEP has most of the problems; I think that CoEP being an 
> engineering college, is more rigid in its working than other 
> science/commerce/liberal arts colleges. What we could do is branch out into 
> other streams (other than engineering I mean); Law for example: Why not have 
> law students editing about Intellectual Property Rights (I know the irony 
> we'll have in case we have copyvios out of that). And the course structuring 
> in other colleges are a bit different, so they could accommodate programs 
> like the Wikimedia education programs much easier.

Actually, my view is that many colleges (regardless of stream) have the 
structural flexibility to accommodate a program like this.  To illustrate, 
there is (in most cases) an option for class assignments (marked or otherwise) 
to be determined by the faculty (sometimes independently and sometimes after 
getting the approval of the Director and / or an academic council of some 
kind.)  Event those affiliated to Pune University, for instance, had this kind 
of flexibility.

We do need to look at what kind of streams we should look at it.  Another 
learning for instance is that a first year engineering student ends up (in many 
cases) being taught basic fundamentals - which are either well covered on 
Wikipedia or on which it is difficult to put in a meaningful entry.  A 3rd year 
arts/humanities student does not have this particular problem - but sometimes 
are more concerned by placements / admissions than academic endeavors.  My 
point being that we need to look at the results of the pilot and then establish 
patterns which can help evaluate the pilot and inform the way forward.


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