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The Wikimedia India Chapter (Registered Name: Wikimedia Chapter) is an independent and not-for-profit organization that supports, promotes and educate the general Indian public about the availability and use of free and open educational content, which includes the ability to access, develop and contribute to encyclopaedias, dictionaries, books, images, etc.
Wikimedia India was formally approved by the Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation after the recommendation of the Chapters Committee in June 2010 and India became the 29th country to host a Wikimedia Chapter. The Wikimedia Chapter was formally registered as a Non-profit Society vide Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District on 03 Jan 2011. Wikimedia India is an approved chapter by the Wikimedia Foundation for Wikimedians living in, or connected to India.
This chapter helps coordinate various Indian language Wikipedias & other Wikimedia projects and spread the word in India. The chapter's latest updates can be accessed from its official portal Wiki, wiki.wikimedia.in.
It is an autonomous entity that does not have any editorial control over content on Wikipedia and its related projects. The Chapter does not have access to the servers hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation in the USA.
Becoming a member
Membership is open to Indian nationals (aged 18 years and above) and Institutions registered in India.
- Fees: The annual membership fee (as on Mar 2012) is Rs 100/- for Individuals and Rs 1000/- for Institutions.
- Membership Term: The membership term runs from the date of approval of said membership and ends on 31st March of the same financial year. Membership applications are accepted throughout the year. There are no multi year or life membership options.
- Payment mode: The membership fee can be paid either by DD/Cheque/NEFT/Internet banking transfer (for SBI account holders) to Chapter Bank account. Please do not deposit cash/outstation cheques into Chapter SBI Bank account, at SBI branches as Bank levies Rs 25 as inter branch fee (as of Aug 2011). Please transfer the amount through NEFT as the charges are lower. Cash is not accepted for membership fee as of now.
- Membership form: The membership application form can be downloaded from available: Individual, Institutional
- Form submission: The duly completed membership application along with payment instrument/or details of payment needs to be sent to Chapter office: Wikimedia Chapter, No. 194, 2nd ‘C’ Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560071.
- Application processing: The Chapter membership committee will endeavour to process all applications within four weeks.
- WMC reserves the right to reject membership applications, with reason. In such cases, if payment is already made, the same will be refunded without any interest for the intervening period otherwise, the payment instrument (Cheque/DD) will be returned. However, the Rules and Regulations of the Wikimedia Chapter provide for appeal in such cases in Article IV-1. “In cases where the Executive Committee does not approve the application for membership of a person, said person may appeal to the General Body at the next Annual General Meeting.”
- More Information can be found here
Wikimedia India Chapter ( Reg Name : Wikimedia Chapter) is a not-for-profit organisation which gratefully receives your donations, no matter how large or small. Please note that donations to Wikimedia Chapter are not non-tax deductible in India, as of now. We are currently working on 12A and 80G tax exemption applications.
We appeal to the community, members, philanthropic individuals and organizations to support us at Wikimedia India through donations. As a newly registered entity, we depend on the generous contributions of people like you to support the activities and projects of our volunteers throughout the country. If you wish to donate for a specific purpose or project aligned with the objectives of the Chapter, we would be happy to discuss this with you at the email address provided below.
Donations can be made via Cheque, Demand Draft, NEFT and Internet banking and the completed donation form should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A direct deposit, NEFT and Internet banking can be made to our bank account.
If you are making a contribution by DD/cheque please make them payable to "Wikimedia Chapter" , payable in Bangalore and send them to:
- Wikimedia Chapter
- No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross
- Dommaluru 2nd Stage
- Bangalore - 560071
Once the payment is processed, we will send you a receipt.
As of now, due to regulatory body restrictions, we can accept donations only from India or Indian citizens.
- More information can be found here
- Wikimedia India Portal
- Email: chapterwikimedia.in
- Membership : membershipwikimedia.in
Other mailing lists/groups/noticeboards
List of Mailing Lists specific to India
To join the discussion on IRC, join us in #wikimedia-in
Wikimedia India Chapter Executive Committee (Board) :
- Rahul Deshmukh : President (email@example.com)
- Yohann Varun Thomas : Secretary (yohannvtwikimedia.in )
- Sanket Oswal : Treasurer (sanket_oswalwikimedia.in)
- Santosh Shingare : Member (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Viswanathan Prabhakaran : Member (email@example.com)
- Write to the EC at wikimedia-in-execlists.wikimedia.org
History and Timeline
- 30-Sep-2004: An IRC meeting on September 30, 2004 at 15:30 IST. For a summary of the discussion, please see 2004 IRC meeting.
- Nov-2007: The discussions have been re-initiated in November 2007, and several people have responded enthusiastically on the WikimediaIndia-l mailing list (please see the November 2007 archive). A draft of proposed bylaws is available here.
- Dec-2008: Sue Gardner and Jimmy visited India in Dec 2008.
- Jul-2009: Discussions started again after the 2009 July Bangalore Meetup.
- 8-Mar-2010: Memorandum of Association proposed. Now, we have reached a state where we can take this forward formally and fast. A brief background of the history can be found here.
- 6-Apr-2010: A final version of the MoA and by-laws was submitted to the Wikimedia Chapters Committee on 6 April 2010, after undergoing various revisions based on feedback from individual members of the Chapters Committee, Wikipedians in India and elsewhere, and the advice of an Indian tax expert who is helping with registration. This is the announcement of final submission.
- June, 2010 Wikimedia India became the 29th chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation by a resolution of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees.
- 3-January-2011 Registration of the organisation in India was completed via Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District Certificate No: SOR/BLU/DR/1137/10-11 dt 03 Jan 2011 ( announce page).
- 30-July-2011 Events were kicked off with a seminar on Copyright and Open Licensing at Bangalore.
- 12-Sep-2011 Outreach events were kicked off with a Wiki Academy for Department of Public libraries, Government of Karnataka.
- 24-September-2011 The first AGM and Chapter Elections were conducted successfully.
- 18-November-2011 Wikimedia India Chapter co-hosted the first WikiConference India with the Mumbai Wikipedia Community.
- 14-September-2019 Derecognition of Wikimedia India 
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