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In spirit and principle, Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC) has always believed in being an institution dedicated to democratic ways of functioning. It is deeply embedded in the very ethos of the College and is manifested in every aspect, whether in the manner in which the various college committees are formed and function or the sharing of educational resources are concerned. In keeping with this practice, the College has been committed to the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement in India since 2006. The College has been at the forefront of the advocacy of OER among educational institutions. The work done by the College in this field was recognized internationally when it was conferred with the ‘OPAL Award’ in 2011 in Berlin for quality and innovation through open educational practices. Recently, the College added another feather in its cap by becoming an Affiliate of Creative Commons, India in November 2013.
Creative Commons is dedicated to building a body of creative work that is free to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. It provides free licenses and other legal tools to give everyone, from individual creators to large companies and institutions, a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions and get credit for their creative work while allowing others to copy, distribute and make specific use of it.
Dr. Shashi Tharoor (Honourable Minister of State for Human Resource Development) re-launched the Creative Commons India Chapter in Delhi on November 12, 2013. It was a re-launch because Creative Commons India was earlier launched at IIT, Mumbai in 2007. Dr. Shashi Tharoor was instrumental in implementing the Creative Commons Attribution - Share Alike (CC BY SA) license for National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) – for the educational content created by NCERT.
Dr. Savithri Singh, Principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College (University of Delhi) is strongly of the opinion that any content created out of public funds should not be put under copyright but be made available to the public - hence open CC licenses.
The other two organizations recognized as CC India affiliates are Wikimedia India and Centre for Internet and Society (CIS). ANDC and Wikimedia would be the public leads while CIS would be the legal lead.