|Stable release||2.3 / September 5, 2012|
|Operating system||Any (web based application)|
|Platform||Ruby on Rails|
|Type||Student information system, ERP|
|License||Apache License 2.0|
Fedena is an open source school management software developed on Ruby on Rails framework. It is a web 2.0 web application being developed by Foradian Technologies. Fedena is used by the Education Department of Government of Kerala to automate the system and process of over 15,000 schools in the state and is named as Sampoorna. Fedena is now used in more than 40,000 institutions around the world. For the development and support of Fedena, Foradian won the MIT TR35 2012 India award for innovation in education domain.
Developed on the Ruby on Rails frame work with MVC architecture. The application is composed of a basic module which satisfies all the necessary requirements of a simple SIS. There are lot of add on modules which can be installed easily to extend the power and usability.
The basic system of fedena contains modules related to Courses and Batches, User Management, Human Resources, School Calendar, Student Attendance, Finance, Timetable, Student Information, Examination, Event Management, Multiple Dashboards, Employee Login, Student Admission, Teacher Login, News Management, Student/Parent Login. The system with all the core modules are available as free and opensource.
Add on Modules
Various add-on modules are available as plugins to enhance the usability of the system. Presently available plugins include Hostel/Dormitory, Video Conference, Online Examination, Moodle Integration, Library, Task, Transportation, Discussion, Poll, Instant Fee, Assignment, Data Management, Placement, Custom Report, Photo Gallery, Inventory and Registration. Foradian is planning to launch an online marketplace for Fedena plugins.
Integration with other services
Fedena supports multitenant architecture and is used to manage group of institutions.
The fedena project is owned by Foradian Technologies, an internet engineering company based in India.
Name and Logo
Fedena was initially named as 'foredu', as it was the first educational software from foradian technologies. But the domain name was already taken and the development team thought of something unique and web 2.0 and they selected 'fedena'. It means the coolest thing alive, usually meaning something come from royalty or from wealth. The name fedena is also motivated from Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. Athena appears attended by an owl. So the creative team of fedena selected owl as the symbol and derived the logo from the face of an owl. Owl is also the symbol of wisdom and knowledge in many mythologies and beliefs.
Deployment and development
Fedena started the development in June 2009. It is currently in Version 2.3 which was released in September 2012. Fedena is available as opensource at www.projectfedena.org