2013 marks the 12th year of Swathanthra Malayalam Computing's existence - we grew up right along side digital Malayalam, from the first unsure steps to the current confident stride. For the first time, we are going to hold a large scale celebration that will honor free software, its developers and our beloved mother tongue. October 14, 15 will see the kickoff, at Kerala Sahithya Academy Hall, Thrissur.

About SMC

In the Year 2001, Baiju M, a student at NIT Calicut started up a community called "Malayalam Linux Online". About ten months later, the community adopted the name Swathanthra Malayalam Computing. SMC's philosophy stems from Free Software - as such, all its efforts are free software. Within this span of 12 years, SMC contributed to everything from localization of free software projects, to rendering fixes on GNU/Linux desktops & mobile, input tools and fonts, to almost all areas that affected Malayalam's growth on computers. SMC was a participating organization, twice, in Google Summer of Code during this period. During this period, SMC collaborated with governmental/non-governmental efforts that promoted Malayalam Language computing. Notable among those efforts were SMC's contributions that were essential to building the Free Software based IT infrastructure that serves as a base for prestigious government undertakings such as IT@School and the GoK's Malayalam computing campaign that started in 2008. The community attracted young developers and language lovers alike, and burgeoned into the largest developer community in India, eventually turning into a worthy role model to other Indian language computing communities.



  • 09.00Registration
  • 09.30 Inaugural Ceremony
    Kerala Sahithya Academy Hall
    Inauguration: Satheesh Babu(Director , ICFOSS)
    Chief Discourse: Dr.G Naagarjuna, (President Free Software Foundation Of India , Scientist , HBCSE, TIFR)
    Honouring: K. M Govi , Baiju M.
    Presence: Therampil Ramakrishnan(MLA), Vishnuvardhan(Director , Centre For Internet and Society) , R. Gopalakrishnan(Secretary, Kerala Sahithya Academy), P. V Krishnan Nayar(Secretary , Sangeetha Naadaka Academy)
  • 02.00Structure of Malayalam Language and Computing
    Kerala Sahithya Academy Hall
    Preface: K .H Hussain
    History of malayalam grammer: Prof. P Narayana Menon
    Structurally malayalam language : Dr. T. B Venugopala Panicker
    Anthromorphism of malayalam in the digital era: P. Somanaathan
    Possibilities of malayalam computing: Santhosh Thottingal
  • 02.00CD publication of wiki library and conference of wiki workers
    Changampuzha Hall
    Panel Discussion: Wiki projects and Knowledge
    Preface: Dr. P Ranjith
    M. P Parameswaran, N.A Naseer, P. P Ramachandran , Anwar Ali, Sivik Chandran, Kannan Shanmugham, K. Venu.
  • 06.00 New technical politics today
    Kerala Sahithya Academy Hall
    Dr. T.T. Sreekumar


  • 09.30 Malayalam computing - new possibilities and challenges
    Fonts, Input methods, Rendering, Free software tools Malayalam unicode fonts: Kavya Manohar
    Rendering and testing of Indian languages - Nandaja Varma (Google Summer Of Codes Project )
    Translation Standards - FUEL- Ani Peter
    Malayalam in mobile - Jishnu Mohan
  • 11.30 Malayalam computing - New possibilities and challenges
    Grandham.org project - Malayalam open data : Ershad K (Google Summer Of Code Project )
    Olam - Kailash Nath
    Dr. Raman Nayar
  • 02.00Malayalam Swarasamvedini, OCR
    Dr. C. V Jawahar (IIIT Hyderabad), Dr. Deepa Gopinath (College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram), Sathyaseelan Master, Nalin Sathyan(Google Summer Of Code Project )
  • 03.30Entrepreunership and new possibilities in malayalam computing
    Dr. B. Iqbal, V. K Adarsh, Sajith V. K
  • 05.00Medias and Malayalam Computing
  • N. P Rajendran(Kerala Press Academy), Gauri Dasan Nayar(The Hindu ), Roobin dicroose (National Book Trust), Manoj Puthiyavila, Mahesh Mangalat

Vailoppilli Hall

14-15Malayalam Computing Exhibition

Drum Up Programmes

In order to spread the news and drum up participation, workshops are being conducted in collaboration with different educational and cultural institutions across the state from the first week of September onwards. These workshops were kicked off at the first workshop on September 6th Friday, at the Thunchathezhuthachan Malayalam University, which started with the 12 year anniversary's logo release by the VC Shri K Jayakumar. Follow up workshops are being conducted across the state, at several colleges/engineering colleges and polytechnics. These workshops are organized to impart a preliminary knowledge and introduction to Malayalam Computing tools on Free Software Platforms.

G.E.C, Sreekrishnapuram

October 7
Lead by : Santhosh Thottingal

P.M.G Higher Secondary School, Palakkad

October 3
Lead by: Nandaja Varma, Alfas, Abhishek, Ark Arjun

Press Academy , Kakkanad, Ernakulam

September 29

N.S.S College of Engineering, Palakkad

September 28
Lead by: Ershad K, Ark Arjun, Alfas

Press Club Institute, Thiruvananthapuram

September 28
Lead by: Sebin Abraham Jacob, Rishikesh K. B, Dr. Deepa P. Gopinath.

Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara

September 26
Lead by: Rishikesh K. B, Nandaja Varma

Sahithya Academy Changampuzha Hall, Thrissur/h3>

Software Independence Day Celebration
September 21

College Of Engineering, Thrikkarippur, Kasargod

September 7
Lead by: Sathyasheelan Master, Aboobecker M. K

Payyannur Women's Polytechnic, Kannur/h3>

September 7
Lead by: Nandaja Varma

Sreepathy Institute of Management and Technology , Palakkad

September 7
Lead by: Sreenath

Kunnamkulam Polytechnic, Thrissur/h3>

September 7
Lead by: Binny V. A

Albertiyen Institute of Science and Technology

September 7

Cherthala Polytechnic, Alappuzha

September 7
Lead by: Rishikesh K. B

Thunjathezhuthachan Malayalam University

September 6
Lead by: Dr. Mahesh Mangalat, Praveen Arimbrathodiyil, Rishikesh K. B, Mahesh K, Vishnu M, Jaisen Nedumpala

Way to stage