Just read the post by Toufeeq on FOSS in chennai engineering colleges. My thought on it.
lackness is in Students &…
It would say the institutes eye on industry-institution interaction is just opening up.In my 3 years of College life,Only this year i have witnessed so much interaction.Coming to FOSS, I would say its mainly due to students & partly due to the "bookish" attitude which our curriculam prescribes & the industry which gives importance to it.
Thx for the software industry for limiting restrictions to 60%, else everyone would have been 90%+ with no practical knowledge.Today there are people doing lot tech stuff but score 60-70%.Only very few in the range 85%+ do these stuff while they are in coll.
Coming back to students fault::
Recently our coll had a LDD by chennailug members which was arranged by one of our alumini,who is a active LUG member & involved in FOSS campaign.It was a saturday,our coll said its working to compensate holidays,yet only very few came.It was just 30 in audi with capacity of 1000+. One of our staff felt disgusting & we tried to convince those came to attend & finally made it 150.
Students arent interested in these stuff.They think its waste of time sitting for these stuff.Im sure they would realize after they goto industry.
Sadly very few institutions respond well to these kind of interactions.Its partly coz of the quality of people who come to teach.[sorry there are a few,who do keep updating,inspiring students],but mostly they would be out of date with the industry & tech world.So they cant inspire people to work.So ultimately people endup reading books alone.
@Toufeeq on ur comment in ur blog
As you said u dont have many interested, But the one-man army thing is a huge task..
By the way,I have just started a lug in my coll,which had pretty lukeworm response(30/1000+),hope to have more sessions & awareness about FOSS in my coll,sadly its exam time soon & i will be in coll for only one more year.I guess to do more for it next year.