Delhi's universities turning into e-campuses

Monday, 30 December 2002, 08:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: For better interaction between students, teachers and the administration, universities in the Indian capital are connecting their colleges and hostels through an internal networking system.

Jamia Hamdard and Delhi University have taken the lead with the aim of giving access to all individuals of the university to each and every department, including the vice chancellor's office, through a single networking system.

Explained an official of the Jamia Hamdard department of computer sciences: "It could be called an intranet. All the computers are connected through a cable network that allows exchange of messages and sharing of information. Each department can also post details about its activities."

The system came into operation in Jamia Hamdard last month while it is expected to start in DU by February.

A Delhi University students' welfare official told IANS: "The problem with us is that the colleges and departments of the university are spread in a huge area across the city. So the laying of cables took a long time."

Work in the university, which has 78 colleges affiliated to it with a student strength of about 220,000, started nearly two years ago. "It is almost complete and we are giving it finishing touches," the official said.

Outlining the benefits of the network, the official said: "Teachers and students will remain in touch with each other all the time. One department can coordinate with the other. Students from various colleges and streams can share information. The students will also be able to submit their assignments through this system."

The intranet will allow information about various events like special lectures, competitions and other functions to be disbursed to a larger audience in no time.

Initially the facility is being offered to teachers and will gradually be expanded to include research scholars and post-graduate students.

The capital has two other varsities, Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Source: IANS
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