Dear all ,

Some happy news for all of us .


The School curriculum steering commitee of  Kerala Govt's SCERT(State
Council Educational Research and Training)  decided  3 majors points in our
interest yesterday

1. SCERT is improving Book printing infrastructure by shifting from Adobe
's softwares to FOSS based XeTeX and free licesned fonts.

2. They will shift from ASCII to Unicode . This will also help in universal
access for differentially abled via technologies like Text to Speech even
in Malayalam Language .

3. The books will be licensed under  CC-BY-SA .

Official Order is still pending. But I am posting this since it is already
in media reports.

Read a repotrt in TOI
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/Now-free-software-to-set-school-textbooks-in-Kerala/articleshow/25781341.cms

The Change will be applicable to all newly publishing books from now
Starting from Malayalam Text books in 5, 7, and 11th standards

Myself, Hrishikesh K.B and a team from Swathanthra Malayalam Computing (
http://smc.org) are working closely with SCERT from last to help  them in
initiating this change process.

Thanks to Dr. P.K Thilak, Research Officer  SCERT , Director SCERT, and
Biju Prabhakar IAS (Director of Public Instruction, Govt of Kerala )  for
initiating this Change.

~ regards
Anivar Aravind
Secretary
Swathanthra Malaalam Computing
http://smc.org.in
Ph. 09448063780
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