Last month we reported that Indian government is planning to create GitHub like repository to collaboratively develop Software and apps. Now, as reports by Economics Times, Amit Ranjan, co-founder of SlideShare – a presentation sharing platform, who sold his start-up to LinkedIn for $118.75 million in a stock-cum-cash deal in 2012, is being approached by government to lead this open source collaborative project.
Github is a platform that provides code hosting services for collaborative software development, source code management services and allows its users to share codes with friends, co-workers and track & assign issue to other teammates.
Amit Ranjan has accepted the offer “in principle”, according to one of the several people familiar with the plan. He may start as early as February next year, reporting to the joint secretary (IT) Rajinder Kumar. The role involves leading a soon-to-be-created open source organisation for government projects as its CEO.
Indian government software applications are all set to save millions of dollars by moving away from proprietary system and shifting to open source. This will also result in the boosting of pace at which such programmes are being developed.
As per sources, more technocrats and startup founders may join this open-source project of government in future. This move is expected to collaborate various government initiatives and app developers and can be deployed across the country.
Notably, Amit Ranjan played a pivatol role in startup & entrepreneurship ecosystem in India number of times. He leaded an important role in organizing the first Barcamp (www.barcamp.org) in India/Asia in March’06. BarCamps have since spread to all major Indian cities, and they are regarded as being instrumental in kick-starting grassroots level technology entrepreneurship in India. He was also an organizer of Proto.in (www.proto.in), the biannual event that showcases Indian tech startups.