The following have been published by different newspapers.
Forging a Closer Connection
by Sumati Mehrishi
Source: The Pioneer, April 16, 2003
Accessing education-based information from websites has been an
affordable but irritating task for students on the campus. Apart
from the minimalistic approach to research-based FAQs, the subjective
approach to university-related facts has alway been a window-to-window
struggle, both in daftars and rarely updated pages on the university
website. Though late, the DU campus will see a simplified and a
techno savvy approach to the university events, with the largest
Gigabit Network connecting the two campuses through intranet and
"Students are sceptical that the funds may get misused, but
the university officials are convinced the money would not be carelessly
handled," says an ERNET India official. "It is difficult
to assess the benefits of the colossus move so early," says
an NSUI volunteer.
Says Professor Vijay Verma, who is in charge of the project, "We
will take care that the money does not go down the drain. It will,
however, take time to establish an effective LAN connection where
students can access the network from any part of the campus."
In the first phase of the plan, nine North and five South Can1pus
colleges will get this facility, along with laboratories, libraries
and offices. ERNET India, an autonomous scientific society, has
offered the entire physical infrastructure for building the super
information highway on the lines of intranet systems prevailing
in foreign universities. “Hooking on” to the education
portal since 1988, ERNET India has not only provided the intranet
connection to various government and private organizations, but
has also provided the key points in making Information Technology
accessible to office staff and students. Says Millennium Technosystems
managing director Sarpreet Singh, "It should not be mistaken
that we are launching a new website for the university. We are
giving a hard base to the additional information that the official
website would carry apart from the intranet details. Maintaining
security of the network comes next.”
The North Campus has been divided into five zones, and all the
units are connected to the node for a particular zone. “We
are spreading out the connection through a 50-Km fibre optic cable,
aiming at nearly 3,200 nodes. It means that we would cover 67 and
19 buildings in North and South campuses respectively,” adds
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has allocated
Rs 3.9 crore to the university, while the latter would rope in
an additional Rs 1.2 crore for this programme.
Adds Verma, “It is just not about sharing heavy facts on
subjects, there will be lighter components to it, with the websites
providing interaction and latest achievements in each department.
The departments, in turn, will also be forced to achieve more.” Chatting,
video conferencing, followed by unified messaging, are among the
firsts in the Internet package that has started functioning. Says
Pragya Vishwanathan, a student, “If it works well, we will
not have to queue up outside jam-packed cyber cafes. We can email
from the hostel itself. Cyber cafes are affordable, but it is irritating
to get rid of the porn screen savers. No one readily comes to get
any relevant information there.”
New Network to put DU on hotline with all 79 colleges
by Mayank Tewari
Source: Asian Age, March 24, 2003
New Delhi, March 23: The entire Delhi University has been wired
with 50 km of fibre optic cable, networking various departments
of the university with each other, thanks to an initiative by the
Union ministry of information technology.
Simply put, a professor or a student in any department in any
of the 79 colleges under the university can now have all the information
and data that he requires just at the click of the mouse.
The system developed by Ernet India, an autonomous scientific
society under the ministry of information technology, is going
to be implemented from April. The first phase will see the connectivity
with nine colleges. Initially, the North Campus and the South Campus
will be connected through the world wide web.
"For the moment, the two campuses are being linked via the
Internet. However, this is just the initial phase. Soon, the two
campuses will have the Intranet facility as well. The network is
ready, but it will be put in place systematically," said a
senior official in the ministry of information technology.
The plan is to first get the system working and check it for any
plugs. "We will soon get the colleges on the out- skirts of
the city into the net- work as well," the officials said.
And if officials of Ernet India are to be believed, the first
of its kind network in any university in the country will ensure
that the Internet reaches every hostel. "The network has facilities
for all kinds of access points. In all, we have 3,200 nodes or
points from where the network can be accessed," officials
Mr Sarpreet S. Chadha, managing director of Millenium Technosystems,
the company that laid the network, said the hub of the activity
will be the computer centre. "The optical fibres reach out
from the centre in a tree-like structure towards the computer units
in different zones across the university," he said.
The North Campus has been divided into five zones. All the units
are connected to the node for that zone. The system, hopefully,
will also solve the age-old online admission puzzle in the campus.
In spite of having websites, DU colleges in the last two years
have not been able to do anything more than selling forms on the
Net. The new system, officials said, will be capable of handling
admissions effectively. Besides, the central libraries, laboratories,
hostels and various offices of the university will also be linked
to the network. The project has been implemented at a cost of Rs
5 crores out of which Rs 3.9 crores have come from the Union ministry
of information technology while the rest has been raised by Delhi
DU logs on to e-age
by Prasenjit Bhattacharya
Source: The Economic Times, March 27, 2003
Delhi University is logging on to the e-age. One of India's premier
university, DU, has already seen an investment of around Rs 5 crore
in setting up a fibre optic backbone connecting the university's
several colleges, hostels and administration facilities. This networking
will enable the university to offer facilities like online admissions,
online exam results and online availability of library resources,
like journals within a few years. The university also hopes to
e-enable some of its courses. The networking project was implemented
by ERNET India, with partners like Tata Infotech and Millenium
Technosystems. Of the Rs 5 crore fund, around Rs 4 crore came from
the IT ministry, while the rest was put in by the DU.
Speaking to ET, Delhi University's dean (planning) V S Verma
said that the Delhi University was confident that its move to
network the university will lead to streamlining of admissions,
putting research journals online, giving each college its intranet
and enabling the whole process of examinations.
The University is now looking at developing software solutions
to sit on top of the hardware that has been created, so that meaningful
applications are available to the University.
According to the technical people associated with the DU networking
project, the network has been designed and implemented in a way
that any student can access the network from any comer of the campus.
ERNET implements DU networking project
Source: The Times of India
ERNET India, an autonomous scientific society under department
of information technology, has designed and implemented the largest
gigabit network at Delhi University. The entire physical infrastructure
has been implemented by the leading systems integrator Millenium
Technosystems Ltd. All Delhi University departments, colleges and
hostels have been connected under the project on fibre optic backbone
providing gigabit speed.
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