*1. Arvind Gupta Toys*
This is a collection of fascinating videos, pictures and instructions to
make scientific toys from trash. Also has books on a plethora of subjects.
I believe this collection has been given out with no strings attached - I
have an offline copy and can share it if you want it. (we can meet up in
Pune or Mumbai, or I can just courier a DVD to you)

Including the email address listed on the site in CC... Hope they respond
with an affirmative!
Dear Sir / Madam at arvindguptatoys, can your content be taken and
distributed freely as Open Educational Resources?

*2. Rajasthan Ki Rajat Boondein -- by Anupam Mishra*
A seminal work on local sustainable rain water harvesting techniques being
practised since generations in Rajasthan. Given out free of copyright, and
translated to english as well. Check out his TED

*3. Vigyan Ashram*
http://vigyanashram.com/ , http://www.techshala.com/index.asp
An institute that trains school dropouts in rural technologies and
entrepreneurship, following models of Gandhian Naee Taleem and hands-on
learning philosophies. They have created a curriculum for schools, to equip
high school students in basic technology skills in engineering, agriculture
and animal husbandry, energy and environment. Including their listed email
address in CC as well. See a documentary on them
here<http://movies.youtube.com/watch?v=fsZsy_72A5I>(in Marathi but
you'll understand)

Dear Sir / Madam at Vigyan Ashram, do you have content that can be taken
and distributed freely as Open Educational Resources?

*4. Natural Farming Institute*
They've prepared a comprehensive curriculum for rural education based on
sustainable agriculture and it covers a lot of things that the conventional
Indian education boards have missed out on due being urban-biased. The
whole thing has been posted on this page for free download.


*Portals where you might be able to find more open resources and connect
with people who make them:*

*Projects underway to create OER, inviting collaborators:*

*1. Wikipedia for Indian Schools*
A spinoff from the UK-based wikipedia for schools, initiated by Ashwin,
this project aims to create a comprehensive offline encyclopaedia having
articles on anything and everything in India in addition to the original
edition, (there is room for thousands more articles thanks to ZIM
compression), to be distributed for free to Indian schools and homes. And
by everything, we mean EVERYTHING. Places of interest, local customs and
festivals, foods, flora and fauna, history, current happenings, things that
we can find in India but nowhere else... we need to catch'em all.

*2. Knowledge Base*
I set this up with a vision of having a one-stop resource base where
educators from all over India can share and collaborate to build resources
to help teach, like lesson plans, assessments, teaching methodology,
classroom management techniques. The idea is to have several heads work
together to churn out the best possible methods to teach any and every
concept in every subject and every grade level, empowering anyone anywhere
to dispense high quality education using local resources at no extra
expense. Presently just a one-man pilot project, inviting collaborators!

*3. A board for Alternative Education in India*
What if unschoolers, homeschoolers, unconventional schools and self-guided
learners had a common platform that could lend them recognition and
credibility in the mainstream? What if we could give millions of children
and parents a viable, solid alternative to the rigid soul-destroying
factory-based schooling system? Just in its starting phase, inviting
collaborators. And of course this would make extreme use of OER.

*4. Khan Academy subtitles*
http://www.khanacademy.org/contribute ,
An awesome collection of 3500+ educational videos released in creative
commons. I've figured out ways to download all the videos in
offline distribution and even extracted their english subtitles that
can help learners with weak English understand the lessons better. Now,
need to add subtitles or audio dubbing in Hindi / other languages to
overcome the language barrier. They have an open platform for volunteers to
contribute audio dubbing or subtitling, need people to pitch in. Currently
the Indian participation is very low.

Nikhil Sheth
Pune, India

On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM, Gautam John <gau...@prathambooks.org>wrote:

> Hello!
> I'm trying to write a piece on Open Content and Open Educational
> Resources in India and am asking for your help.
> Open Content is defined as:
> Reuse - the right to reuse the content in its unaltered / verbatim
> form (e.g., make a backup copy of the content)
> Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content
> itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
> Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with
> other content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content
> into a mashup)
> Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your
> revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the
> content to a friend)[3]
> [from: http://opencontent.org/definition/]
> Wikipedia and sister projects apart, do you know of content, both
> educational and otherwise, in India that would fit this definition?
> Assuming a lower threshold as well, that it's just available for free
> and no necessarily the other elements, are there resources that come
> to mind?
> I can think of the NCERT textbooks
> [http://www.ncert.nic.in/ncerts/textbook/textbook.htm], NPTEL
> [http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/], VASAT [http://vasat.icrisat.org/],
> FlexiLearn [http://www.ignouflexilearn.ac.in/flexilearn/] and Pratham
> Books, if I say so myself,
> [http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Case_Studies/Pratham_Books].
> What else comes to mind? Examples and links would be very helpful.
> Thank you.
> Best,
> Gautam
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