arvind gupta: learners’ library on dvd

Of course, Arvind Gupta needs no introduction. However, if you must have one, then here is one version: Toying with science – Rasika Dhavse profiles Arvind Gupta, winner of the National Award for Science Popularisation.

Single handedly, he has done a million things for the propagation of science and quest for knowledge (in India) than many other erudite people, entire organizations and well funded random NGOs.

He has been compiling fantastic articles, films & books on very interesting ideas around history, science, teaching (and learning – is there any difference between these two at all?) etc etc and has delightfully put them together, giving the whole world on a platter dvd to the whole world – for a pittance (Rs. 100/- only).

Please buy the DVD.  I have read / studied / viewed most of the content via http over the past few years. The content is lovely. He must have spent months if not years on the compilation! What a religious scientific fervour! Well done, Arvind!

Many of the items are in ‘public domain’ – but, for some of the rest, they fall in the delectable gray area – Copyright? Copyleft?? All rights reserved? All rights wronged? All lefts righted? Or all rites actually reversed?? Sirs and madams, what else – I think the idea of Arvind is noble, all said and done!

Here’s a verbatim cut and paste of the promotional email from Nyla Coelho of TaleemNet (via Ramgopal Koneripalli) that I got: (and further down, details for payment)

“Dear all,

Arvind Gupta, as most know, has over the years single handedly and single mindedly put together resource and reference material for making learning fun and stress free. Most individuals with some concern or interest in education, atleast in India, have visited his website

Here is a treat for all from him packed into a single DVD titled Learning Library on DVD.

Written on it are:

1000 e-books on education, peace, environment, science, math and books for children

145 short films on toys from trash

Photo Plaza- 5500 photographs of 500 science models

Love of Live (Passions of a Japanese Teacher) a NHK Award Film

Do Flowers Fly (film based on Danger School)

Story of Stuff (9-million viewers)

Story of Bottled Water

A Few deeply inspiring TED talks on Education

Can anyone ask for more?

Modestly priced at Rs. 100/- including postage, it’s a treasure for free. [It is actually 100 +  25 for postage — ramjee]

Send your order along with postal address and payment to Arvind Gupta at IUCAA, Pune University, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411 007 Maharashtra.

Email: Phone: 020-25604602

(P.S.: kindly include bank collection charges if paying vide cheque)

Spread the news widely.

Nyla Coelho”

Details of payment mode below (pasted from Arvind’s mail):

“Yes, it would be much easier to transfer money through electornic Bank transfer.Rs 125/- per DVD (including 25/- for Speed Post)

Name of Account Holder: Vimala Pandhe
Name of Bank: Bank of Baroda
Branch: Senapati Bapat Road, Pune
Account No. 98060100000372
Nature of account: Savings Bank

Or else people can send me a cheque (at par) or D/D) payable to Arvind Gupta at Pune Address

Arvind Gupta
Pune University, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007

Please encourage Arvind – buy the DVD. I am absolutely sure the cost of your acquisition (at Rs 100/- per disk image + Rs 25/- for postage) won’t  begin to compensate even a zillionth of the effort put in by Arvind.  Still, a token is well, a token. And, token gestures are important too.

Thanks in advance!

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  • Priya  On June 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Here are the correct account details. I sent an email to reconfirm the account and I got the following reply..

    Here are the correct bank details

    HERE ARE THE BANK ACCOUNT details for electronic Bank Transfer:

    Name of Account Holder: Vimala Prabhakar Pandhe
    Name of Bank: Bank of Baroda
    Branch: IUCAA Extension Counter, Pune
    Account No. 98060100000372 (Fourteen Digit Number)

    Nature of account: Savings Bank


  • Ramjee Swaminathan  On June 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks Priya, that was prompt of you!


  • Vinayakumar Mada  On July 28, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Dear one,
    I am speechless about mentors dedicated, good thinking and brilliant thoughts.
    Hope our youngsters will move in a right direction opposing our currupt political leaders like laws of magnet

  • Maneesh Sharma  On April 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I, maneesh sharma being a teacher in delhi ,is a big fan of your toys and learning kit. I want to know more about your developed learning kit.

    • Ramjee Swaminathan  On April 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Maneesh, you should contact Arvind Gupta for it. Please write to him.

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