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"The most unfortunate thing is that India still seems to believe in proprietary solutions. Further spread of IT which is influencing the daily life of individuals would have a devastating effect on the lives of society due to any small shift in the business practice involving these proprietory solutions. It is precisely for these reasons open source software need to be built which would be cost effective for the entire society.
In India, open source code software will have to come and stay in a big way for the benefit of our billion people."
- Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


FOSSEE (Free/Libre and Open Source Software for Education) project promotes the use of FLOSS tools in academia and research. The FOSSEE project is part of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. Below is the list of projects which are promoted by FOSSEE.


The FOSSEE Project promotes the use of the following FLOSS tools to improve the quality of education and research: We promote these tools by encouraging students and faculty to use them in education and research through the activities listed in this page.

Textbook Companion

The Textbook Companion (TBC) activity aims to port solved examples from standard textbooks using a Free/Libre and Open source software.


  1. Make individuals learn FLOSS through a practical approach.
  2. Provide a huge database of Textbook Companions as a learning resource.
  3. To make it easy for users of such textbooks to start using FLOSS.
  4. To improve the documentation available for FLOSS.

This internship is available for the following FLOSS supported by FOSSEE:


Lab Migration

Lab Migration aims to migrate labs that use proprietary software to a Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) only lab. Colleges can save a large amount of money that is spent on procuring licenses for commercial software by switching to FLOSS.


  1. Provide suggestions on the different ways FLOSS can be implemented in the laboratory.
  2. Coordinate the migration of the lab to a FLOSS only laboratory.
  3. Provide solutions to the lab's problem statements.

We currently offer Lab Migration for the following FLOSS:


Niche Software Activities

To popularise FLOSS in all colleges in India, we have initiated various activities that aim to convert typical projects undertaken by students as their final semester/year project or any mini project during undergraduate or higher studies. This can get good students attention from industry which can result in possible internship and subsequent employment. Some of these activities are


For assistance in installation and use of the Free/Libre and Open Source Software, we recommend you to visit the FOSSEE Forum to post your queries. This forum is monitored by domain experts who would attend to your queries. Note: Before posting your questions, you are requested to go through the list of questions already answered. There could be similar queries with solutions already provided.

Workshops & Conferences

We conduct various conferences, seminars, hands-on workshops to introduce FLOSS users to various developments in the respective FLOSS.Through these events, we also aim to evangelize the tool among new users.

International conference on Python for education and scientific computing to be held at IIT Bombay on 29 & 30 November, 2019View Here
International conference on Python for education and scientific computing to be held at IIT Bombay on 21 & 22 December, 2018View Here
National conference cum job fair on Chemical Process Simulation was held on 26 November, 2018 at IIT Bombay
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FOSSEE Summer Internship 2017. Last date to apply 28 Feb, 2017.

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  • Yaksh Online Test Python

    FOSSEE team has developed a Free/Libre and Open Source Python-Django based web application to conduct online programming as well as MCQ based quizzes. It is an online solution to test the practical skills of students in various programming platforms like Python, C, C++, Java, Scilab & Bash.

  • Scilab Toolboxes Scilab

    FOSSEE has taken efforts to raise the level of Scilab toolboxes. Following are some of the toolboxes we are working on: Image processing toolbox, Signal processing toolbox, Communication toolbox, Optimization toolbox, Identification toolbox, Control systems toolbox, Scilab to C toolbox.

  • Python Textbook Companions on Cloud Python

    In order to allow anyone to easily view, modify, and run the Python textbook companions, the FOSSEE team has made these available online. This is done by using IPython notebooks that are hosted on our server at This environment allows viewers to use the examples with just a browser.

  • Mixed Mode Simulation in eSim eSim

    NGHDL is a mixed mode circuit simulator developed by FOSSEE, using NgSpice and GHDL. In NGHDL, NgSpice is used to simulate the analog components and GHDL is used to simulate the digital components, where the analog and digital components are communicating through socket.