Dear Wikimedia community,

The highlights of the month of November for the Wikimedia Chapter (India)
are provided below:
 Administrative matters Membership

The Chapter membership stands at 185 as of 30 November 2011. This is nearly
double the number of members we had two months ago. The Chapter saw an
increase of 72 members who applied for spot membership at WikiConference
2011 organized last month in Mumbai.

Dr Amit Keshri became the first person to donate to our Chapter. We express
our sincere thanks to Dr Keshri and others for their generous contributions
towards the young chapter.
Total donations received in Nov 2011 - INR 3601.
Average donations in Nov 2011 - INR 900.25.

We have applied for FCRA prior permission under the Foreign Contribution
(Regulation) Act with the Government of India on 5 November 2011 to be able
to receive funds
Wikimedia Foundation. The expected time for processing is 3 to 4

New organizations like ours can receive foreign contributions after seeking
project based prior permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs. We are
seeking permission so as to receive the grant amount allotted to us by the
Wikimedia Foundation in the United States

Another alternative is to apply for FCRA registration, which will
facilitate the receipt of foreign contributions. However, such permissions
are only granted to organizations with a proven track record of function in
their chosen field of work for a period of three years.
 Wiki Conference India 2011

The first Annual India WikiConference 2011 [1] was organized in Mumbai on
18-20 November 2011 at the University of Mumbai. The conference was jointly
hosted by the Wikimedia community in Mumbai and the chapter, along with
scores of volunteers from around the country. This was the first time that
the Indian Wikimedia community has come together to participate at a
national level to organize a conference at this scale.[2] The conference
organizing team was lead by Pranav Curumsey (Chair), Pradeep Mohandas
(Treasurer) and Moksh Juneja (Secretary).[3]

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, inaugurated the conference by
delivering a keynote on "Community Building: The Wiki Way in India". He
also said that this event was probably one of the largest Wikimedia events
in the world. Approximately 700 delegates from all over the country
attended the three day national conference. Full and partial scholarships
were given to 98 awardees out of 7070 applicants. MOre than 50
sessions[4]focused on community building, improving quality of
articles, Mediawiki,
establishing partnerships, Wikipedia India Education Program and sharing of
experiences and best practices. Some of the invited speakers included
Professor Krishna Kumar, Anand Kumar and Arnab Goswami. The state of Indic
Wikiprojects track showcased the current state of each Wikimedian community
in India. The conference also received very impressive and enthusiastic
coverage from the national and international media.[5]

As a part of the Chapter track, an overview[6] was presented by President
Arjuna Rao Chavala. The "Noteworthy Wikimedian Recognition" ceremony[7] was
anchored by Arun Ramarathnam, member of the executive committee which
honored several Wikimedians across different Wikiprojects pertinent to

Images and presentations from the conference have been uploaded to the
Wikimedia Commons[9].

Chapter thanks the organizing team for doing a phenomenal job for making
this event successful, and to to all the chapter members and volunteers
spread across the country who contributed so much of their time and effort.
Chapter also thanks Wikimedia Foundation and all other sponsors for their
support and cooperation.
 City and Language SIG

The Wikimedia Chapter is proud to announce the first batch of City and
Language SIG Chairs[10] from its members as given below:

   - Odiya SIG - Subhashish Panigrahi (Odiya user page of

   - Bengali SIG - Jayanta Nath<>.

   - Sanskrit SIG Swaroop

We look forward to your continued support and active participation in our

Report is present at


On behalf of Wikimedia Chapter (India)

Naveen Francis
Secretary, Wikimedia India Chapter
[image: File:Wikimedia India logo.svg] <>


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