Wikimedia sets up a chapter in India

24th September 2010
Wikimedia  sets up a chapter in India
Arun Ramaratham, President designate Wikimedia India Chapter and Barry Newstead, Chief Global Development Officer, Wikimedia Foundation in Bangalore, September 23 2010 ( IndiaTechOnline photo)

Wikimedia Foundation the organization behind the free Web-based collaborative knowledge project, Wikipedia, is all set start a chapter in India to help grow its encyclopaedic outreaches in the region. The Chapter being registered as a non-profit society will be headquartered in Bangalore and the President designate is Arun Ramaraham, who in his other avatar is the Vice President for External Communications with the Programme Management Institute’s Bangalore, India chapter.
Barry Newstead, Wimedia Foundation’s Chief Global Development Officer, currently in India, said the India-based volunteer force of the foundation has been evangelising Wikipedia in many Indian languages – there are versions in 20 local languages . Having a small office in India, would help reach out even more and grow usage of Wikipedia beyond the English language centred metros, Arun added. 
The Indian Wikipedia community has launched a newsletter
Links to print media stories about the Wikipedia India connection:
Business Standard: Wikimedia adds India chapter
Times of India: Wiki logs into India for its second office