Some of us from ThoughtWorks Pune office are taking the Odersky course on coursera: Functional Programming Principles in Scala. This is a really nice course for the beginners who want to get gently introduced to the world of functional programming using Scala: https://class.coursera.org/progfun-2012-001/class/index
We have formed a small study group within ThoughtWorks and plan to meet every thursday at 5.30 pm to watch videos, help with tools and Scala language tips. I will facilitate hands on sessions to learn Scala as required. We are opening this event to participation from people outside ThoughtWorks.
I am scheduling this meetup for the next Thursday, but we plan repeat it every week, same day, time and venue. See you there!