Arjuna Rao Chavala
Ten years after its establishment in India, Telugu Wikipedia (te.wikipedia.org) is poised to overtake the world’s largest free Internet encyclopaedia’s Hindi and Tamil versions, aided by an increasing number of active contributors.
With about 53,000 articles on diverse topics, the Telugu Wikipedia is not too far from the one in Tamil, which has roughly 58,000 articles in its kitty. Hindi leads the pack with 113,000 articles.
With an objective of expanding Telugu Wikipedia to 100,000-plus articles in the next one or two years, a team of Wikipedians are touring the entire State of Andhra Pradesh for encouraging youth to make their contributions to Telugu Wikipedia and giving them necessary training in uploading the content developed by them.
The aspiring youth are also given instructions about editing the content which they might be familiar with on the basis of authentic information.
“Given the zeal with which we are working, there is no reason why Telugu Wikipedia should not emerge as the biggest Indian language edition of the global online encyclopaedia,” said Arjuna Rao Chavala, Co-Founder of Wikimedia Foundation India Chapter and present member of its Funds Dissemination Committee.
Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the Telugu Wikipedia’s 10th anniversary celebrations held at KBN College here on Saturday, Mr. Arjuna Rao expressed confidence that the Telugu Wikipedia project would achieve its goals due to the painstaking efforts being made by its contributors, who were spending their time and money out of personal interest.
It was planned to give awards in the name of Komarraju Venkata Lakshmana Rao (publisher of ‘Andhra Vignana Sarvaswam’ which was considered ‘Andhra encyclopaedia’) to the most prolific contributors. The project stood on firm ground as interested persons were coming forward from diverse fields to contribute articles and refine it on a daily basis. Ancient manuscripts and other works on wide-ranging topics were being added to the database to make it more comprehensive.
Telugu Wikipedia, a treasure trove: Mandali
Wikipedians interacting with one another at the Telugu Wikipedia’s 10th anniversary celebrations at KBN College in Vijayawada on Saturday.—Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar
Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission Chairman Mandali Buddha Prasad lauded the efforts being made for expanding Telugu Wikipedia and taking it closer to people. He promised to extend his support for that initiative while trying his best to promote the language through all possible means.
Participating in the Telugu Wikipedia’s 10th anniversary celebrations held at KBN College here on Saturday, Mr. Buddha Prasad said it was good that the founding fathers of Wikipedia shared their knowledge and lent a helping hand in setting up its local editions across the world.
Telugu Wikipedia came as a boon for Telugu-speaking people and every effort should be made for expanding its reach and enriching its content from time to time.
On his part, Mr. Buddha Prasad suggested to the Andhra Pradesh government to convert its departmental websites into bilingual ones (English and Telugu) to help the common people understand the information posted thereon.
The government was working on it under the aegis of Minister for IT Ponnala Lakshmaiah, he added. Mr. Buddha Prasad said that the Telugu Wikipedia would be a valuable database by having ancient manuscripts and other such material included in it. The government could get its Archives Department (State Archives and Research Institute) to digitise the information at its disposal and link it up with the Telugu Wikipedia. Such measures should be taken for enhancing the public knowledge and providing it as a tool for academic pursuits, he said. KBN College Committee president U. Sambasiva Rao, secretary S.V.S.M. Razith Kumar, vice-president Narayana Rao, principal P. Krishna Murthy and others were present.
Buddha Prasad says the Telugu Wikipedia will be a valuable database by having ancient manuscripts in it
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will conduct an entrance examination on February 23 all over the country for admission into the Diploma and MBA programmes for July 2014 cycle.
Admission into PG Diploma in Management in financial management, operations management, marketing management, and Human Resources Manager will be made through the entrance – OPENMAT-XXXV, a press release said.
Student handbook and prospectus can be had from Regional Centre, S.K.P.V.V. Hindu High School premises, Kothapet, in Vijayawada, T.J.P.S. College in Guntur, V.R. College in Nellore, Kavitha Memorail Degree College, Khammam by sending Rs.1,050 through a demand draft in favour of IGNOU payable at Viajayawada. The last date for getting prospectus is January 15 and application form can be downloaded from http://www.ignou.ac.in
A student who is good in sports is bound to be good in academics as well. This strong connection between sports and academics was revealed by a recent study, said Krishna District Sports Secretary N. Srinivasa Rao on Tuesday.
He was addressing students of Delhi Public School (DPS), Vijayawada on the occasion of the school’s 7th annual sports day. Mr. Srinivasa Rao complimented the management of the DPS for giving equal importance to academics as well as sports. Track and field events like 100-mts run, 400×100 mts relay for juniors and seniors and ‘tug of tunnel’ and ‘Clip Clap’ race for tiny tots were held besides an impressive display of karate feats.
The chief guest gave away prizes to winners of the various events.
The overall championship in sports and games was won by Brahmaputra House. The winners included K. Jnana Sri (Ganges House); Individual sub-junior championship (girls), P. Pravishta (Narmada House); Individual sub-junior championship (boys), T. Ananya (Krishna House); Individual Junior Championship (girls), J. Rahul Pundarika (Brahmaputra House); Individual Junior Championship (boys), G. Himaja Varma (Brahmaputra House): Individual Senior Championship (girls) and K. Pratap Reddy (Brahmaputra House); Individual Senior Championship (boys).
The overall championship in sports and games was won by Brahmaputra House
The Field Operation Division of National Sample Survey Office (NSS) will undertake a nation-wide survey on ‘Social Consumption on Health and Education’ from January to June, 2014.
The survey will be preceded by a three-day regional training conference which will commence on December 18 to impart training on concepts and definitions and on-field training for field functionaries involved in this survey.
Deputy Director General, NSSO, Southern Zonal Office, Bengaluru, Sandhya Krishnamurthy will inaugurate the regional conference while Director D. Satish, Assistant Director A.S.N.M. Rao and other senior officers will impart the training.
The field functionaries stationed at sub-regional offices, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and NSRO, Vijayawada and officials of Andhra Pradesh State Directorate of Economics and Statistics will attend the training programme.
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As part of the annual fete at Maris Stella, students turnout in all black on Tuesday in Vijayawada.Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar
students of PVP Siddhartha Institute of Technology, V.R. Siddhartha College of Engineering, and MIC College of Technology participated in large numbers with a number of science projects and exhibits to display the latest findings and their applications in the day-to-day life situations at the Gora Science Centre on Friday. About 450 students from various colleges and schools vied with each other to show what kind of scientific temperament they had. The explosive nature of several materials, the use of Integrated Circuits in controlling train movement at crossings and their applications in agriculture fields to start or stop irrigation motors, were some of the exhibits that attracted everyone.
Black Dress competition
Students of Maris Stella College in Vijayawada participated in several competitions in the run-up to the Fete Day organised on Sunday. While some of the students dressed themselves in Indian traditional attires representing cultures of several States in the country, there were colour wear competitions like White Dress and Black Dress competitions in which they had come attired in traditional Indian sarees and also western wear. The culmination of all these competitions was the Fete Day at which festive atmosphere prevailed with students enjoying and competing in several cultural events, while putting up eatery stalls etc.
Surface Science and Nanotechnology
Principal Scientist of Hyderabad-based IICT K.S. Rama Rao explained recent trends in Surface and Nanotechnology, and went on to say that Nano science and recent applications in present society were useful to the human being. He said nano material behave differently compared to macro molecules. They show different properties. They have different applications at different sizes. They can be used in pharmacy, medical care – for cancer tumor identifications and in industry etc. B.S.L.V. Prasad Senior Scientist from National Chemical Laboratories ACSIR Institute also gave live examples from the nature that some insects and bats that they cling to roofs and different colors shown by peacock and lotus leaf’s repellent properties were based on this.
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The Vijayawada Children’s Schools and Tutorials Association will host a three-day Balotsav- 2013 at Kala Darsini, on the campus of Andhra Loyola College.
Krishna District Education Officer D. Devanand Reddy will inaugurate the event.
The annual jamboree will commence on December 19 and will attract participation of 1,000-odd children from 200 schools that are members of the association.
The string of events planned for the occasion includes sports, academic, and cultural activities. Participants will be divided into groups of baby juniors, sub-juniors, juniors, and seniors.
The activities include running race, lemon & spoon race, skipping, bursting of balloons, throwing the ball, hopping, musical chair, balance race, shot put, needle and thread race, drawing, story telling, rhymes, hand writing, spelling test, personality development contest, memory test, story writing, science exhibition, quiz, cartooning, mime, mono action, short play, instrumental music, classical dance, fancy dress, folk songs, and folk dance. All participants will get participation certificates.
Students from schools that are members of the association are only eligible to participate in the events. Applications of the participants must reach the organisers by December 12.
For details, call 92464 94726, 92464 63678, 9440944038, 9291233909, 9440117232, 9490099987 or 9440107465.
Sri Durga Malleswara Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala (SDMSMK) emerged the champion in the Krishna University inter-college girls’ volleyball tournament held on the college premises on Saturday. KBN College, Vijayawada, SDMSMK, ANR College, Gudivada, Maris Stella College, Vijayawada, Madonna College, Vijayawada and Nalanda College, Vijayawada participated in the tourney that was inaugurated by Dronacharya awardee Arekapudi Ramana Rao.