A glimpse of current state of Indian IT industry

Recently, I read an article about this year’s Google’s Code Jam contest, which is a sort of Olympics for programming skills. At the qualifying stage, 17% of the contestants were Indians. By the third round, as the competition intensified, Indians were down to 0.7%.

Although India began with the highest number of participants, just three Indians lasted till round three, compared to 83 Chinese, 77 Russians, 36 Japanese, 25 Americans, 21 Poles, 13 Belarusians, 11 South Koreans etc. In fact, the code Olympics look much like the sports Olympics. So much for the IT superpower. – Dhirendra Kumar, CEO, Value Research

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Call for participation for NCOSS-09

Call for Participation

NCOSS-09: National Conference on Open Source Software
May 25 – 26, 2009, Navi Mumbai, India.

Organized by
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Mumbai
Supported by
IEEE Computer Society, Mumbai and Chennai chapters &
CSI, Div II on Software & SIG-OS
Media partner
Linux for You

The National Conference on Open Source Software is intended to act as a forum for promoting adoption of open source softwares and solutions in different areas, by sharing experiences in solution selection, customisation/adaptation, etc. Over 110 papers were submitted to the conference from all over India. After a rigorous international refereeing process, about 30 papers have been selected, which will be presented during the conference.

Conference Programme :

  • Paper Presentation in areas including e-Learning, Collaboration Technology, Language Computing and Localisation, Knowledge Management, e-Health, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Testing and Application Frameworks.
  • Invited Talks
  • Panel Discussions
  • Live demos of FOSS applications
  • Pre-Conference Tutorials (on May 24, 2009)

Programme Committee :

Ramakrishnan S., C-DAC, Pune (chair)
Chakravarti A. K, DIT, Delhi
Zia Saquib, C-DAC, Mumbai
Sasikumar M, C-DAC, Mumbai
Sivakumar G, IIT, Mumbai
Venkatesh Hariharan, RedHat, Mumbai
Mohan H R, The Hindu, Chennai
Rishab Aiyer Gosh,UNU-MERIT, Netherlands
Krishnan C N, AU-KBC, Chennai
Gora Mohanty, Sarai, Delhi
Rajagopal M R, C-DAC, Chennai
Dravida Seetharam, IBM, Bangalore
Nagarjuna G, HBCSE, Mumbai

Demo Hall :

NCOSS-09, announces DEMO HALL for show-casing open source applications. The aim is to provide a platform for people to demonstrate their open source works/tools. Irrespective of whether you have a paper at the conference, you can use this opportunity to showcase your work.

All those participating in the demo hall must register for the conference. Mail your applications to ncoss@cdacmumbai.in giving a brief description of the demo sessions by May 05,2009.

For more details visit http://ncoss.cdacmumbai.in

Registration Fees:



Not for profit/ educational institutions

Rs. 2200/-

Rs. 700/-


Rs. 3500/-

Rs. 1000/-


Rs. 1100/-

Rs. 500/-

( Registration form and more details on website )

Contact :

(For more details and registration)
NCOSS-09 Secretariat, C-DAC Mumbai, Raintree Marg, Near Bharati Vidyapeeth,
Opp. Kharghar Railway Station, Sector 7, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai – 400 614, INDIA.
E-mail :ncoss@cdacmumbai.in
Phone : +91-22-27565303
Fax : +91-22-27560004
URL : http://ncoss.cdacmumbai.in