Dear all,

Greetings from Wikimedia India !
Organisational Updates

The second Annual General body meeting was held on 23 Sep 2012. Annual
report for 
released on the occasion.

Elections were conducted during the AGM. Karthik Nadar Nikita Belavate,
Pranav Curumsey, Srikanth Ramakrishnan and Viswa Prabha were declared

Membership as of 30 Sep, 2012 is 126. M/s Arnion Technologies Pvt Ltd,
Ahmedabad became the first institutional member, following the grant of
membership on 19 Sep 2012.

Amount of donations processed during the month is Rs Nil.

*Board Meetings:*
Board did not have in person meetings in September.However AGM was attended
by five EC members.

*WikiConference 2011*
Conference Audit
along with Chapter Audit report during AGM on 23 Sep 2012

*Executive Manager*
EC after an exhaustive search and selection process has appointed Sowmyan
Tirumurti as Executive Manager of the organisation. This is the first
position to be staffed. Mr Sowmyan has over 40 years of experience in
Aerospace, and Computer peripherals industry. He has worked with Indian
Space Research Organization, DCM Data Products, ORG Systems, TVS
Electronics, and Honeywell Technology Solutions in India. He has held roles
related to R&D management, Quality improvement, Cost improvement,
Marketing, Sales and service support, Strategy planning, Supply chain
management, Contract management, and Compliance monitoring.

After retiring from Honeywell Technology Solutions in 2008, he has explored
many web based content delivery methodologies meant for continuing
education. He has promoted webcasting at low bandwidth, created a web site
for lessons on Six sigma and Hoshin kanri, taught Japanese language through
a Youtube channel, and attended Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) on
Coursera and Udacity.

Sowmyan joined Wikimedia India on 1st October 2012 as Executive Manager
based in Bangalore. His primary role is to support the members and the
community in organizing and running the various promotion programs.
Sowmyan's photo is at
 Wiki loves monuments

Here are some statistics and updates from India:

   - 16,796 photos have been uploaded from India thanks to Wiki Loves
   Monuments 2012.
   - There were 2,230 participants from the country, meaning India had by
   far the most participants.
   - Anupamg <>, Thamizhpparithi
   Maari <>,
   Sthitaprajna <>,
   Darwinacitizen <>and
   Vu2sga <> were the top five
   contributors from India.
   - Taj Mahal(Indian Monument N-UP-A28-a) is the world wide winner - a
   monument which was clicked by maximum no of photographers. It was
   photographed by 114 different users in Wiki Loves Monuments 2012.

First round of filtering is going on and it is expected to be completed by
Oct 15,2012.
Community & Special Interest Groups


   - AGM,23 Sep 2012 See blog
   - Wiki Academy at IIT, Madras, 6 Oct 2012.

*Upcoming Events*

   - 50th Bangalore Meetup.
   - New EC induction program is being planned for 13-16th at Bangalore.
   New office bearer election and induction of new EC members by outgoing EC
   members on various aspects of running the organisation and planning for
   2012-13 are the expected major outcomes from this meeting.

A round-up of Wikimedia events, academies and initiatives around the nation
are updated here <>.
 Media Coverage

No much media coverage this month.
Grants Funded

No grant requests.

We look forward to your continued support and active participation.

On behalf of Wikimedia Chapter (India)

Naveen Francis
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