Re: Help with Outsourcing Tech Pubs

Subject: Re: Help with Outsourcing Tech Pubs
From: Rahul Prabhakar <prabhakar -dot- rahul -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005 11:31:22 +0530

Hi Guy
Little knowledge is *certainly* a dangerous thing.

You say, "But the US does have schools that offer training,
certification, even degrees in Technical Communication, and India does
not (correct me if I'm out of date here, guys)."

Tell you what, you surely are out-of-date.

For instance, on 15th December 2004, Pune University has started the
second batch of its part-time Technical Writing workshop. This batch
will go on until 15th February 2005. The batch has 29 students
selected based on a screening test. Guru Kamath (or "G" as he is
popularly known) also conducted a guest lecture for this batch.

Pune University is planning to start a certificate course in Technical
Writing in coming 6 to 8 months. The special committee members - Sunil
Gokhale, Frederick Menezes, and Mak Pandit have handed over the first
draft of recommendations to the Board of Studies (UoP).

Then, you also rave about the all-so-mighty Silicon Valley, "Also,
Silicon Valley uses a LOT of FrameMaker, and FrameMaker expertise
(even significant EXPERIENCE with it) is pretty scarce in India."

Wrong, dead wrong! If I were to tell you that most Indian companies
use FrameMaker, Arbortext Epic Editor, and other high-end,
cutting-edge authoring tools; then you might have to sit back and take
back your words.

Did you also know that Bangalore Technical Writers Meetup has the
largest members in the world (125, to be precise)? You have no clue
whatsoever as to what Technical Writers do in this part of the world.
I recommend that you join the following mailing lists to update
yourself on the Technical Writing scene in India.


Oh, and before I sign off, I want to tell you that I am a Technical
Writer currently employed with Oracle India Private Limited,
Bangalore. Most writers I know in my company are trained in
FrameMaker, Robohelp, and Arbortext Epic Editor.

I am also a member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC)
and the owner of a Technical Writing group,

Don't get me wrong, but the Indian Technical Writing scenario has
certainly evolved over the ages, and it might not be out-of-context to
say that documentation departments here have much to provide to the
rest of the world.

Rahul Prabhakar



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