Here is the A2K newsletter for the month of February,
Wikimedia Foundation, beginning from September 1, 2012, awarded
the Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) a two-year grant of INR
26,000,000 to support and develop free knowledge in India. Consequently,
Wikimedia Foundation's India Program became the Access to Knowledge
(A2K) program  of CIS. In the second issue of our newsletter for
2013, we are glad to introduce you to our new programme officer, Dr.
U.B. Pavanaja . The A2K team  consists of four members based in
Delhi: T. Vishnu Vardhan , Nitika Tandon , Subhashish Panigrahi
 and Noopur Raval , and one new team member Dr. U.B. Pavanaja 
who works from Bangalore office. Archives of our newsletters are here
Wikipedians from various communities can request for outreach
programs, technical bugs, logistics-merchandize and media, public
relations and communications at http://bit.ly/TOcXId
# New Team
* Dr. U.B. Pavanaja  joined the A2K team as Programme
Officer, India Language Initiatives on March 4, 2013. Dr. Pavanaja holds
a Master's degree from Mysore University and Ph.D. from Mumbai
University. He was a scientist at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai,
for about 15 years. He is one of the oldest editors of Kannada
Wikipedia. He has to his credit many firsts, viz., first Kannada
website, first Kannada online magazine, first Indian language (Kannada)
website to receive Golden Web Award, first Indian language (Kannada)
editor for Palm OS, first Indian language (Kannada) editor for WinCE
device (HP Jornado 720), first Indian language version (Kannada) of
universally popular Logo (programming language for children) software,
etc. His Kannada logo won the Manthan Award for the year 2006. He was a
member of the technical advisory committee setup by the Govt. of
Karnataka for Standardization of Kannada on Computers (2000). He is also
a member of the Kannada Software Committee of Govt. of Karnataka
# Events Organised by CIS
* Creative Commons comes
to India  (Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore, February 1, 2013).
Meetings were held in Pune and Bangalore. The Access to Knowledge team
participated in two meetings organized in Bangalore.
Sharing through GLAM at Bangalore (Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad,
Kumara Krupa Road, Bangalore, February 25, 2013). Dr. U.B. Pavanaja,
Nitika Tandon and Subhashish Panigrahi participated in the event.
Fifty-fourth Bangalore Wikimedia Meet-up at IIM, Bangalore 
(co-organized with Radhakrishna Arvapally, Special Interest Group,
Solutions IQ and Wikimedia India Chapter, Indian Institute of
Management, February 25, 2013). Vishnu Vardhan gave a talk on
accessibility and knowledge. Noopur Raval participated in the event.
* GNUnify 2013  (organized by Pune Linux/Unix
User Group and Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research, Pune,
February 15 - 17, 2013). Subhashish Panigrahi participated in the
# Education Program
* Odia Wikipedia Community Brings
Wikipedia Education Program to IIMC, Dhenkanal  (by Subhashish
Panigrahi, February 28, 2013).
# Event Reports
CIS organised one Wiki
workshop in the month of February 2013, and also brings you the report
from an event organised in the month of January:
* Celebrating Odia
Wikipedia's Ninth Anniversary  (organized by the Odia Wiki Community
with support from CIS and Academy for Media Learning, January 29, 2013,
Bhubaneswar). Few glimpses of the event are available as an audio
* Digital Literacy Workshop at Department of Arts, Delhi
University  (by Nitika Tandon, February 5, 2013).
# Media Coverage
* ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆର ନବମ ଜନ୍ମତିଥି ଅବସରରେ କର୍ମଶାଳା: ଇମିଡ଼ିଆରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ
ଭାଷାର ପ୍ରୟୋଗ  (Odishan.com
, February 4, 2013).
* ସମ୍ବାଦ:_ _ଲିପି
ବ୍ୟାକରଣ ଓ ମାନକ ଭାଷାର ପ୍ରୟୋଗ ଜରୁରୀ . (Sambad, February, 2013).
Odisha: Workshop organized on 9th Anniversary of Odia language:
Application of Odia language in e-media  (e India Bureau, March 2,
* Odia Wikipedia's 9th anniversary  (fullOrissa News,
February 13, 2013).
* Odisha: Workshop organized on 9th Anniversary of
Odia language: Application of Odia language in e-media  (India
, March 2, 2013). Subhashish Panigrahi is quoted.
Odia language workshop organized on 9th Anniversary of Odia Wikipedia:
Application of Odia language in e-media  (Odishaviews.com
5, 2013). Subhashish Panigrahi is quoted.
# Ongoing Events
Wikipedia Workshop @ BITS Goa  (BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus,
March 7, 2013, 5.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.).
* A Wikipedia Editing Workshop
in Goa  (Nirmala Institute of Education, Goa, March 8, 2013, 3 p.m.
to 5 p.m.).
* Sanskrit Wikiquote -- Now Available
!: The Access to Knowledge team at CIS is happy to announce the
availability of Sanskrit Wikiquote. Shiju Alex, an ex-team member played
an active role in bringing this out. For more info see
*About CIS *
CIS was registered as a
society in Bangalore in 2008. As an independent, non-profit research
organisation, it runs different policy research programmes such as
Accessibility, Access to Knowledge, Openness, Internet Governance, and
Telecom. The policy research programmes have resulted in outputs such as
the e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities 
with ITU and G3ict, and Digital Alternatives with a Cause? ,
Thinkathon Position Papers  and the Digital Natives with a Cause?
Report  with Hivos, etc. We have conducted policy research for the
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Ministry of Human
Resource Development, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and
Pensions, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, etc., on WIPO
Treaties , Copyright Bill , NIA Bill , etc.
accredited as an observer at WIPO. CIS staff participates in the
Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) meetings
regularly held in Geneva, and participate in the discussions and
comments on them from a public interest perspective. Our Policy
Director, Nirmita Narasimhan won the National Award for Empowerment of
Persons with Disabilities  from the Government of India and also
received the NIVH Excellence Award .
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_CIS is grateful to its donors, Wikimedia
Foundation, Ford Foundation, Privacy International, UK, Hans Foundation
and the Kusuma Trust which was founded by Anurag Dikshit and Soma
Pujari, philanthropists of Indian origin, for its core funding and
support for most of its projects._
Noopur Raval __