Six students of Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri Campus, Arvind S. Raj (M. Tech. Cyber Security Systems & Networks), Zubin Mitra (M. Tech. Cyber Security Systems & Networks), Abhishek Kumar Singh (4th year B. Tech. Computer Science & Engineering), Savita Seetaraman (4th year B. Tech. Computer Science & Engineering), Tony Thomas (2nd year B. Tech. Computer Science & Engineering) and Anirudh Anand (2nd year B. Tech. Computer Science & Engineering) are selected to receive stipend of $5,500 each in the 10th edition of Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects.
“This year, a total of 1307 students all over the world are selected for GsoC 14. All selected students of Amrita are active members of Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) Club. With this, the tally of GSoC winners from Amritapuri Campus since 2010 has gone up to 12,” shared Vipin Pavithran, Assistant Professor, Amrita Center for Cybersecurity Systems & Networks.
Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is an initiative by Google Inc. to promote and encourage student participation in open source development. Students get to participate in a three month development program with experienced programmers around the world, collaborating using version control systems, mailing lists and ticket trackers. The participants in the GSoC program are students and mentors. Mentors typically represent an organization, an open source project that has been selected for GSoC. Each organization puts forward an ideas list, a list of prioritized work that they would like to see completed in their project. Interested students pick an idea and write a proposal for an idea that they like and submit it to the organization. Students may submit more than one proposal and may also submit a proposal for an original idea that they had instead of picking one from the ideas list. A proposal generally has details about the prior open source/programming experience of the candidate along with information about how the student plans to proceed with the project, approximate deadlines, and any roadblocks that they might encounter. Most students choose to submit patches to the organization that they are applying for prior to submitting their application.
May 17, 2014