Wednesday Jan 09, 2008

Meet Agraj Mangal - Sun Campus Ambassador for Delhi University

As mentioned earlier, we have recruited a new student under Sun Campus Ambassador Program.

Meet Agraj Mangal - a student of Masters of Computer Applications  (equivalent to MS Computers but a 3 year program) from Delhi University. He has already started a blog - Kreativity Personified. If you are a student and would like to learn about Sun technologies then subscribe to his blog and have fun in the "quest of learning and sharing knowledge".

I met him when I presented on GlassFish @ Delhi University last year. He was selected after an intensive interview process after that. I'm glad he got selected cause he certainly impressed me with the short interaction at the University. I think he is going to be a great ambassador for our technologies. As first "assignment" in his new role, all the students in the Computer Science Department are already using  GlassFish and NetBeans for all their projects. So these students will already be GlassFish and NetBeans-enabled when they graduate.

Agraj has already started Java User Group and Open Solaris User Group in the University. Please feel free to bug him for any GlassFish and NetBeans related queries :) In order to help Agraj with his GlassFish quest, I'll create a "GlassFish For Schools" packet.

Read more about why Sun started Campus Ambassador program and other interesting details here.

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Wednesday Dec 05, 2007

Sun and Academic Institutions Together

I presented on GlassFish and related technologies (Metro, JRuby-on-GlassFish and jMaki) at the Department of Computer Science, Delhi University earlier this week. A more detailed blog describing that visit will be published later. But this blog is an attempt to create a summary of the main efforts that Sun has to offer to academic institutions.

The complete portfolio of Sun programs and solutions for the educational and research communities is listed here. More specific details are given below:

  • Sun Software Programs for Education - Offers special discounts to Education community on software licenses, training and software support
  • Sun Technology and Academic Resources (STAR) for Education and Research - STAR provides grants, collaborations and technology resources to educational institutions.
  • SDN Academic Developer Program empowers Academic Developers through sharing, collaboration and open innovation. It offers tools, resources and communities in which to participate and share.
  • Sun Academic Initiative is a program designed to introduce students to Sun technologies and equip them with skills in their chosen fields of study. The students get access to
    • Latest Sun technologies
    • High quality instruction and curriculum and course paths that lead to certification
    • Courses that can be integrated into degree program

    Read the entire program guide here. Apply for Sun Academic Initiative here.

  • Campus Ambassador (CA) program provides extensive training to a chosen student from a University on different Sun's open technologies including Java, NetBeans, GlassFish. This allow students to lead Sun's open source developer community in campus, run demos, promote Sun training events on campus and Sun tools to faculty. The chosen CA is paid a stipend :)
  • Student Zone provides details for students and new graduates. This page also lists country-specific events, for example Sun India University Program.
  • Sun's Real-world technology courses that earn you a certificate.
  • Subscribe to Sun Student Connection monthly newsletter. It provides you latest news on open source developer tools, technology resources and a range of developer topics.

Finally, get started by submitting resume. Hope you find this useful!

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Friday Jul 13, 2007

Purani Jeans Aur Guitar

The title of this post is in Hindi meaning "Old Jeans and Guitar". If you understand Hindi and done your college from India, then you'd love this song from Ali Haider. I used to love this song and Google, once again, found it for me.

The complete lyrics of the songs are:


Song lyrics | Ali Haider - Purani Jeans lyrics

Enjoy!

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