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Task force objectives

Wikimedia India proposes to interface with Community through the formation of City and Language special interest Subcommittee. The following are the guidelines to identify leaders for them.

  • A chair person of each SIG (City/Langauge) can only represent either a city or a language.
  • Members of SIG: You can belong to any number of Language SIGs to which you contribute, but only belong to one City SIG that is closest to your place of residence in the same geographic entity as yours.
  • Self nomination with recommendation by others or nominations of other members of the same SIG and/or a member of the Executive Committee acceptance by such nominated individuals are allowed.
  • Chairs of such subcommittees will interface with one EC member charged with City/Language SIG
  • All such Chairpersons, if they are not members, are required to apply for membership of the Chapter at the earliest.
  • SIG pages on Members wiki will be used for nominations, Members identification, discussions and finalisation of the Chairpersons.
  • In case no consensus emerges on the chairperson for a particular SIG, chapter EC will decide on the same considering the inputs available.
  • Chairpersons are expected to serve in their roles for one-two years.

Task force Stewardship & Members

  • Srikanth Ramakrishnan-Chair, City and Language SIGs
  • Each SIG Chair (details in the pages linked below) will be part of this team

Role of the Chairperson of the City/Language

  • Single point contact for Chapter to discuss issues, events of interest in such SIG
  • Responsible for promoting Wikimedia projects, nurturing growth of Community
  • SIG framework

The role will evolve based on inputs. Please discuss on talk page.

City Special Interest Groups

Bangalore SIG

RadhaKrishna Arvapally
(Bangalore SIG)

SIG page: Bangalore
SIG chair: Radhakrishna Arvapally

RadhaKrishna is UMTS NodeB Architect working in Alcatel-Lucent, living in Bangalore. He started contributing to Telugu/English WikiMedia Projects from 2006.

Wikimedia username: Arkrishna Email me at: Arkrishna at

Mumbai SIG

SIG page: Mumbai
SIG chair: Under transition

Kundan Amitabh User Id : angpradesh was the former SIG chair for Mumbai. The SIG is under leadership transition. Please volunteer if you would like to take this up.

Wikimedia username: <tbd> Email me at: <tbd>

Kolkata SIG

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Kalyan Sarkar
(Kolkata SIG)

SIG page: Kolkata
SIG chair: Kalyan Sarkar

Kalyan Sarkar is a software professional based in Kolkata. He made his first edit in 2006 and returned after a gap of three years to become a regular contributor since 2009. His interest areas include the history and culture of Bengal and Kolkata.

  • Contributor in English Wikipedia and Commons
  • Involved in organizing monthly meet ups in Kolkata.
  • Interested in organizing Wiki outreach programs.

Wikimedia username: User:BengaliHindu Email me at: kalyan at

Hyderabad SIG

SIG page: Hyderabad
SIG chair: Under transition

Abhijith Jayanthi was the former Hyderabad SIG chair. The SIG is under leadership transition. Please volunteer if you would like to lead the SIG.

Bhubaneswar SIG

Sailesh Patnaik

SIG page: Bhubaneswar
SIG chair: Sailesh Patnaik

Wikimedia username: Saileshpat Email me

Language Special Interest Groups

Bangla SIG

Jayanta Nath
(Bangla SIG)

SIG page: Bangla
SIG chair: Jayanta Nath

Jayanta Nath is a Civil Engineering professional based in Kolkata. He started his contributions to Wikimedia / Wikimedia in 2006 as an anonymous editor and registered his username in 2007.

  • Active contributor and Administrator in Bengali Wikipedia and Bengali Wikibooks.
  • Actively involved in Wikipedia activities based out of Kolkata.
  • Have been active in running Kolkata meetups every month for wikipedians along with a core team of wikipedians.
  • His interest is in organising Wikipedian efforts and in outreach. There is a whole lot of outreach work to be done for Indian language wikipedias.

Wikimedia username : User:jayantanth Email me at : jayanta at

English SIG

(English SIG)

SIG page: English
SIG chair: Ashlin

AshLin is interested in editing articles on a wide variety of subjects including biodiversity, philately, science, history, specifically military history. AshLin is interested and active in outreach and GLAM in Pune. He had recently participated in the Victoria and Albert Museum GLAM event for expanding Tipu's Tiger. A curator of a small museum, AshLin is a supporter of Marathi Wikipedia and has fairly good command of Marathi language. He actively involves in English and Marathi Wikipedia activities. He is currently involved in giving a framework to the Offline Schools Wikipedia Indian Edition and also to the cleanup effort needed for WikiProject India on English Wikipedia.

Wikimedia username : User:Ashlin Email me at : ashlin at

Kannada SIG

(Kannada SIG)

SIG page: Kannada
SIG Chair: Omshivaprakash H L

Omshivaprakash H L is a professional based in Bengaluru. He is interested in outreach programs across Karnataka. Have been on wikipedia since 2007 as a registered user. He has been encouraging people to use English & Kannada Wikipedia as a reader/contributor ever since he explored it on internet.

Wikimedia username : User:Omshivaprakash Email me at : omshivaprakash at

Marathi SIG

SIG page: Marathi
SIG Chair: Under transition

Mahitgar was the former SIG chair for Marathi. The SIG is under leadership transition. Please volunteer is you are interested to take the lead.

Wikimedia username : <tbd> Email me at : <tbd>

Sanskrit SIG

SIG page: Sanskrit
SIG Chair: Under transition.

Swaroop Rao was the former Sanskrit SIG chair. The SIG is now under transition to new leadership. Watch this space for more updates.

Wikimedia username : <tbd> Email me at : <tbd>

Telugu SIG

SIG page: Telugu
SIG Chair: Under transition

Rahimanuddin Shaik was the former Telugu SIG chair. The SIG is under leadership transition. Please volunteer if you are interested to lead the SIG.

Wikimedia username : <tbd> Email me at: <tbd>

Special Interest Groups for Special Projects


SIG page: GLAM India
SIG chair: Under Transition

Pradeep Mohandas was the former GLAM SIG Chair. This SIG is under leadership transition. Please volunteer if you are interested to lead this SIG.

Wikimedia username : <tbd> Email me at : <tbd>

Gendergap SIG

SIG page: Gender gap
SIG chair: Under Transition

Rohini Lakshane was the former Gendergap SIG Chair. This SIG is under leadership transition. Please volunteer if you are interested to lead this SIG.

Wikimedia username : <tbd> Email me at : <tbd>

See Also