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Launch of Assamese Wikipedia Education Program at Guwahati University

Given here is a picture of the Assamese Wikipedia education program being conducted in Guwahati University

The Assamese Wikipedia community has shown a rapid growth in the past six months from 20 active editors in January 2012 to 29 active editors in June 2012. The absolute numbers might seem low but in terms of percentages its an overwhelming increment of 45 per cent.

This increment can partly be credited to  the photography and article contest, conducting workshops at various educational institutions and organic community growth.

Though Assamese Wikipedia is still a small project with about 1600 articles, the Assamese Wikipedians have the drive, willingness and zest to get more editors and multiply their community. Their enthusiasm and determination has led them to start with an Assamese Wikipedia Education Program. The program was launched on October 14, 2012 with 15 masters students (90 per cent of these are women students) under the guidance of Prof. Dulumoni Goswami, Head of the Department of Education, Guwahati University.

The day before the launch some of the Assamese Wikipedia editors including Jyoti and Durbhajyoti met to design and alter the Wikipedia Education Program for Assamese Wikipedia. It was decided that the entire program will be divided in four different stages which are as follows:

  • Stage 1: Introduction to Wikipedia + Introduction to Education Program + Assamese typing
  • Stage 2: Editing Assamese Wikipedia
  • Stage 3: Advanced editing including adding references, headers, TOC and wiki markups
  • Stage 4: Concluding the Education Program

In accordance with each of these stages there will be set of deliverables expected out of the students which are as follows:

  • Deliverable 1: Create Wikipedia user accounts and user pages
  • Deliverable 2: Submit a two-page typed article in Assamese
  • Deliverable 3: Students will select one article each and start editing their articles
  • Deliverable 4: Students will continue enhancing their articles and will start adding references, wiki markups and pictures, if desired.

All the students have willingly enrolled themselves in the program and have not been forced by the faculty members. Indeed, three students were not studying in Guwahati University but still wanted to be a part of the Assamese Education Program. A loud cheer and good wishes to the Assamese Wikipedia community!


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