Scilab stands for Scientific Laboratory; and it is similar to Matrix Laboratory (MATLAB). It was developed in 1990 at French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control. Scilab is open source software for numerical computation, open source means any one can contribute for this software to make it more powerful. The Scilab has various advantages over MATLAB as follows:
The cost of MATAB Packages in lacs whereas Scilab is available free of cost.
To install MATLAB the memory requirement is in GB whereas for Scilab the memory requirement is in MB. Therefore Scilab allow a user to work with a lower configuration sysyem.
The MATLAB is developed by a Company i.e. Mathworks , that means only Mathworks have rights to finalize MATLAB products whereas Scilab is developed by a community therefore everyone have rights to develop and finalize a product.
In this direction I have organized a three-day workshop on Scilab in the department of Electronics & Instrumentation, at Anand Engineering College, Agra during 4th Nov 2011 to 6th Nov 2011.
The workshop was carried out under National Mission of Education and Information Communication Technology (ICT) project of MHRD and collaborated with Spokan Tutorial, IIT Bombay.
Two experts, Prof. Eranki Kiran and Mr. Yogendra Pal came from IIT,Bombay to instruct participants.
In this workshop 121 students of 2nd Year, 3rd Year and 4th Year from various institutes and 15 faculty members participated.
The students and faculty appreciated and liked new teaching method developed by spoken tutorial.
During Scilab program each participants have to face three phases of workshop.
First phase was pre-test phase, in this phase every participant was registered with a unique register number on spoken-tutorial.org, and asks to answer 10 questions.
The second phase was Training phase, in this phase participants facilitated with spoken tutorial videos for scilab software. This was continued for 2Hr. to complete 10 tutorials.
The last phase was post-test phase, in this phase every registered participant faced a test of 30 questions and 45 minutes based on Scilab and basic Mathmatics.
The post-test was for certification, and 60% marks are mandatory to get certificate.
I am feeling very happy after a lovely feedback from participants and thanks to spoken tutorial team to develop such nice videos to facilitate Engineering students and faculty members.
After organizing this workshop I am very excited to develop such videos for engineering subjects to make teaching learning process more easy. And I hope that student will like this idea.
Fianlly I appriciate the efforts of Prof. Eranki kiran, Mr. Yogendra Pal research scholar in the department of education and technology, IIT Bombay, Dr. Vandana V. Thakare (HOD E.I) and my colleague Mr. Shailendra Singh to coordinate and make this program a grand success.