Dear all, 

I take immense pleasure in (re)introducing Dr. U.B
Pavanaja to the entire Wikimedia community! Dr. Pavanaja has joined the
Access to Knowledge team at CIS as a consultant from March 4 onward.
Those associated with Indian language computing and especially that in
Kannada may know him already for having started the first Kannada
website: Vishvakannada.com, the first Kannada online magazine, the first
Indian language (Kannada) website to receive Golden Web Award, the first
Indian language (Kannada) editor for Palm OS and many more firsts. 

Dr.
Pavanaja holds a Master's degree from Mysore University and Ph.D. from
Mumbai University. He was a scientist at the Bhabha Atomic Research
Centre, Mumbai, for about 15 years and has done advanced research in
Taiwan. He resigned from BARC in 1997 and dedicated himself fully for
the cause of Computer and Indian languages. You could read more about
his contributions here [1]. Prior to this he has also worked at
Microsoft Research Labs and has been a long time contributor to Kannada
Wikipedia. 

We are very fortunate to have him on board. You can reach
him at pavanaja [at] cis-india [dot] org. Please join me in welcoming
him to our community :) 

Thank you, 

Noopur 
  

Links:
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[1]
http://cis-india.org/openness/blog/pavanaja-profile.pdf
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