Marathi Wikipedia Demonstration Stall in Maha-Agro Exhibition at Aurangabad (24th to 27th dec 2016)

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ObjectiveEdit

  1. To build awareness about the strenghts of Marathi Wikipedia as a knowledge resource
  2. To connect active community in rural areas
  3. Networking with voluntary organisations working on rural issues
  4. To develop liason with Government departments, Educational institutions and Local leadership in villages

BackgroundEdit

Meetings were conducted with Maharashtra division of 'Jalbiradari' network active on water issues across India under leadership of Rajendra Singh, known as 'Water Man of India'. To spread the awareness about Marathi Wikipedia and water related issues, it was decided to participate in State level "Maha-Agro" exhibition organised by State Govt. at Aurangabad.




Events & OutcomesEdit

CIS & Jalbiradari shared demonstration stall at Maha-Agro, big agricultural exhibition held at Aurangabad from 24-27th December. Wikipedia demo attracted attention of young generation, active citizens,activists,teachers,journalists and govt.officials. Around 500 people participated actively in online demo of wikipedia editing. During this, three enthusiasts also opened their accounts and started editing in wikipedia. People also registered their interests and contact details for followup in future.
Action plan was evolved through extensive discussions with Rajendra Singh & his colleagues. Major points include -

  1. To build articles on innovative water conservation projects executed by villages in Maharashtra
  2. To build articles on basic scientific concepts of water conservation.
  3. To develop the concept "Water Wisdom on Wikipedia", which is to be taken up as a campaign for Year 2017.


New editorsEdit

  1. Swargesh Pawar
  2. Kranti Bhowate
  3. Suhas Ajgaonkar

Prominent visitsEdit

  • State & Central govt.officials from Agriculture dept.
  • Ex-Agri.Commissioner Sudhirkumar Goyal
  • Dist.Collector Prashant Narnaware & his team
  • Officials of organisations - Maratha Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture,Marathwada Sheti Sahayyak Mandal,AFARM,Janakidevi Bajaj Trust,Sawitribai Phule Mandal, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Kisan,Sant Guru Govindsingh Engineering College, MGM Engg.college etc.
  • Rajendra Singh & team
  • Swamiji of RK Mission, Aurangabad

FacilitatorsEdit

  • Subodh Kulkarni from CIS-A2K
  • Suneel Joshi from Jalbiradari