Open Source software are increasingly becoming popular in scientific and engineering fields of teaching as well as research. To impart knowledge in this arena, School of Engineering – GD Goenka University organized a 6-days workshop titled “Open Source Alternatives in Engineering Studies” during 6th – 11th July 2015.
The workshop included tutorial sessions for a variety of software such as Linux as operating systems for scientific purposes, Octave/Scilab for scientific computing, Python as all-in-one solution, Arduino/Raspberry Pi as open source hardware, micro-HOPE microcontroller, KiCAD software for PCB designing and LATEX for scientific publishing. All sessions were held in interactive tutorial mode where participants worked as individuals and also in groups to learn-by-doing experiments with software and hardware. The tutorials were delivered by Dr. B. P. Ajith Kumar (Inter University Accelerator Center, IUAC New Delhi), Mr. Nihar Ranjan Roy (Galgotias University, Greater Noida), Dr. Phool Singh (ITM University, Gurgaon), and Dr. Sandeep Nagar (GD Goenka University, Gurgaon).
The workshop was well attended by participants that included students, researchers and faculty members from various universities/institutions. The participants could compare the open source alternatives with the commercial ones and discovered their advantages and applications in the teaching-learning process. Students particularly appreciated the fact that they can utilize the software in their engineering studies and also while making projects. The notion that engineers should become developers instead of mere users was emphasized in each session of the workshop.
The School of Engineering, GD Goenka University will continue to organize workshops like this in coming days so that more and more interest is generated in the scientific community on open source alternatives.