A FEW weeks from now, the website of the nascent Ahmedabad Diocese will join the virtual world linking it to the World Wide Web.
Going by the domain name of moscad.info (under construction), it will soon join one of the many other websites of the Malankara Orthodox dioceses. Moscad stands for Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Ahmedabad.
Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Ahmedabad Metropolitan, had given the go ahead and selected the domain name for his diocese in October last.
The other open choices available were ahmedabaddiocese.info and ahmedabaddiocese.org but this was skipped. The design and layout of moscad.info will be based upon the Chenagannur Diocese and this will be taken as the basic model.
Ahmedabad.org and Ahmedabad.com were already booked by some others. And since .info was more pertinent to Indian context, the domain name, moscad.info, was blocked after purchasing it for 5 years.
Information and links on Home, About Diocese, Metropolitan, Church, Faith, News, Multimedia, Kalpana, contact sections will be added in the first phase of its construction.
Dr Mar Yulios during his November visit to Muscat had discussed the issue with this correspondent and given guidelines and suggestions for installing the diocese onto the information highway. For the time being, the diocese will not have any diocese publications as such but all updates and information will be done through moscad.info whenever it is ready online. The Metropolitan also makes it a point to mention moscad.info in all his email replies and Kalpanas signed by him.
Work on the skeletal of the main page is making steady progress in Philadelphia, USA from where the server will be based.
Bonnie, a final year Computer Science student and web developer of Urbane Projects, Inc who had developed IOH the a popular online Christian publication for Indian Orthodox Malankara Keralite Malayali Christians by BMM Creations Inc, has been placed for this task.
The website should be ready in time for the Sunthroniso of the Ahmedabad Diocese on March 5, 2011 when Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II is expected to visit St Thomas Diocesan Chapel, Ahmedabad for the purpose.