I was introduced to SciLab by prof. Kannan of IITB while we were both participating in an International Conference on Green Technologies at PMU, Thanjavur, TN. I have been greatly fascinated by it. It seem s to be a true replacement of the overpriced MATLAB and even more. I have downloaded the Free e-book, SciLab - A Hands on Introduction by Satish Annigeni. I paln to teach the Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation Course to our M.Sc.Tech. students through SciLab this semester. Humble beginning but a road to renaissance in the academics.