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Following the steps of OKFN‘s Ambassador Scheme and the Max Planck Society‘s Open Access Ambassadors, the Open Access India is building network of volunteers in various institutes/universities/colleges to represent the Open Access India and advocate about Open Access, Open Data and Open Education. It is expected that the Ambassadors take active part in strengthening and building the Open Access India community. Students, Early Career Scientists/Researchers/Young Librarians are welcome to apply for this appreciated scheme by filling out the form here.


  • Sri AmudhaMs. Sri Amudha S. Graduated from Madras University, Ms. Sri Amudha S is currently a full time PhD candidate in Dept. of Library and Information Science, Pondicherry University.  Her research work focuses on Altmetrics. As a young researcher she is a strong supporter of Open Access/Open Science. Her areas of interest include Altmetrics, Information Literacy Information Retrieval Services, Information Services, Research evaluation and Scholarly Communication. She has a passion for spreading knowledge among society and thereby emphasizing the importance of informed decisions. She is also a part of various scholarly Open Access communities and is ImpactStory advisor and Mendeley advisor as well.  She can be contacted at sriamudhas[at]gmail[dot]com and followed on twitter with handle @Sriamudha1
  • Dr. Gurleen Kaur Kahlon, MBBS student of Government Medical College (GMC) Amritsar, Punjab is a very passionate and gurleenenthusiastic doctor and a strong supporter of Open Access. As a doctor, she wants to bring a change in the society by emphasizing the value of Open Access for all the essential medicines throughout the world. She is also a member of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) India chapter and can be contacted at her email address gurleenkahlon2012[at]gmail[dot]com and on twitter at @kahlon_gurleen
  • Dr. Samreen Fathima, a MBBS medical graduate from Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad thinks that as a medical student, Open Data and Open Access matters a lot when there is a very little access to the current research in the world. The need of transparency, validation and impact of the research  on the positive reinforcement of what is already known drives her into the Open Access advocacy. She aspires to be a physician researcher practicing evidence based medicine. She is a member of IFMSA  and works as student editor for International Journal of Medical Students(IJMS). She was a former ambassador of Elsevier. And now through her new role as Ambassador of Open Access India, she wants to become the voice and motivation among her peers and contribute to Open Access scholarship. She can be reached at samreen1608[at]gmail[dot]com and at @DrSamreenFathima.

  • Sailesh Patnaik is a Mechanical Engineering student at KIIT University and is alsoSailesh_Patnaik_01 Programme Associate (Access to Knowledge), Centre for Internet and Society. He started contributing to Wikipedia at the age of 15 and is Wikimedian since 2012. Thorough Wikipedia movement he was introduced to Open Access movement. He is having a big dreams to bring Open Access and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) revolution in the country by spreading awareness among the youth. As an ambassador of Open Access India, he would like to spread its mission and ideas and to be the focal point for Open Access among youth. He can be contacted at sailesh[dot]patnaik007[at]gmail[dot]com and can be reached at @Saileshpat.
  • sajidkhanSajid Khan, PhD Scholar, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Indore, MP . His research work focuses on Security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. He  is working on designing of secured IoT chips. He also want to make IoT popular in India by designing the IoT chips most suited for Indian environment. Being a publically funded institute scholar, he also want that his work must be devoted for the public, he strongly believe in Open Access so that everyone could know how their tax is being utilized. He can be reached at sajidkhan2912[at]gmail[dot]com and @Sajid_khan2912.

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