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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 Internet.

"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 Singh.

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 said.

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 University.


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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