KDE Chhattisgarhi has been awarded with Manthan 2009 award

Ravishankar Srivastava accepting Manthan Award

KDE Chhattisgarhi is a localization project – aimed to remove digital divide from native Chhattisgarhi speaking people of Chhattisgarh. More than 1oo,ooo strings of KDE 4.2 had been translated in to Chhattisgarhi. Now Chhattisgarhi Localized applications are available for Linux / Unix / Windows and Mac. All major Linux distributions like Redhat, Ubuntu etc. will carry KDE Chhattisgarhi in their future versions. There is a Chhattisgarhi KDE for Windows DVD released from which users can run program in Chhattisgarhi directly. KDE Chhattisgarhi is prepared by Ravishanakar Shrivastava. This work was done under the FLOSS Fellowship given by Sarai to Ravishanakar Srivastava. The contribution of Ravishankar Srivastava in the field of localization is immense and he has done an excellent work in KDE Chhattisgarhi.

The Jury has commented on KDE Chhattisgarhi like this: Users of native Chhattisgarhi language can now work in their own Chhattisgarhi language from any computer – Windows / Linux / Mac/ BSD. Users need not know English language to work on computer any more with Chhattisgarhi KDE. With most programs interface in their own simple Chhattisgarhi language, they can surf Internet, chat & send email, work on office suite, learn things through KdeEdu suite or play computer games in their own Language.

New Delhi based Digital Empowerment Foundation in association with Nokia Siemens Networks and Department of Information Technology, Govt. of India organised two days South Asia Conclave on ‘Digital Inclusion for Development’, Dec 18-19, 2009 at NCUI Complex, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi within the larger framework of the Manthan Award South Asia on best digital innovations and applications for development. The South Asia conclave culminated in the 2009 edition of the Manthan Award South Asia felicitation of winners in 13 categories of digital innovations.

The Manthan Award events annually (since 2003-04) are dedicated towards innovations and applications in the field of Information Communication Technology & digital applications towards solving key development and governance challenges till the last mile (www.manthanaward.org). The two days programme witnessed participation from 15 States and UTs and 6 countries from South Asia representing with various digital innovations and applications.

The Award evening preceded the two day multi-sectoral digital round tables, Plenary sessions, deliberations at South Asia level on – e-Education, Learning & Human Resource Development;   e-Commerce & Livelihood;   Mobile for Masses, Social Inclusion and Localisation, Last Mile Service Delivery through e-Governance; IDRC India Social Science Research Panel Discussion & Award Gala2009.

The Guest of Honours during the two days conclave included- the Union Minister of State for Communications & IT, India , Mr. Sachin Pilot ( chief guest during the Award gala evening on Dec 19, 2009), S. R. Rao, Additional Secretary, DIT, India, Nazrul Islam Khan, Additional Secretary and PS to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Prof Anil Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad & Vice Chairman, National Innovation Foundation, Ms. Iskra Panevska, Communication & Information Adviser for South Asia, UNESCO, Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIT Madras & Lead – TeNet Group, Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman, IT&ITES, CII, Mohd Haleem Khan, Director General, CAPART – India, R. Sukumar, Editor, MINT, Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya, Director, ICTA, Sri Lanka, and Mr. Sandeep Girotra, Head of Sales, Nokia Siemens Networks. Other Guest of Honours included – Dr. Stephen J. McGurk, Ph.D., Regional Director, International Development Research Centre, Regional Office for South Asia and China, New Delhi, Mr. Subhash C Khuntia, IAS, Joint Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, Gov. of India , Mr. Ashish Chowdhary, Global Head – Services and Member of Executive Board, Nokia Siemens Networks, Mr. Urs Pennanen, India Head, Nokia Siemens Networks, Mr. Sandeep Aurora, Director – Sales & Marketing, Intel Corporation – South Asia , Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Managing Trustee & Research Director, India Development Foundation, Mr. N. Ravi Shanker, IAS, CEO – NIXI, Joint Secretary, DIT, Ministry of Comm. & IT, Gov of India, Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya – Director, ICTA, Sri Lanka, Mr. R. Sukumar, Editor, MINT, Mr. Nazrul Islam Khan, Additional Secretary & PS to Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Mr. Sanjiv Mital, CEO, NISG, Mr. Ajay Choudhury, Chairman & CEO, HCL.