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Imagine students sitting on the green environs under the shade of Asias second largest masonry dome of M. S. Universitys Faculty of Arts and enjoying access to internet connectivity on their mobiles, laptops or iPods. This would become a reality as MSU is now turning itself into a Wi-Fi campus. MSU vice-chancellor professor Yogesh Singh, an IT man himself, has decided to convert the tranquil campus into a Wi-Fi enabled, which will allow 37,000 students, thousands of faculty members and visitors access and exchange resourceful information on the campus spread on 272 acres. The university is about is achieve its target of providing internet nodes on the desks of all the teachers of the campus.
From 2002 onwards, a fibre optic network put up by Technology Promotion Trust is already in place. MSU spent one crore towards strengthening its IT infrastructure by installing radio connectivity through radio towers. Now, we have two channels available for internet connectivity. With both fiber optic network and radio connectivity in place, we already have the backbone network for converting our campus into a Wi-Fi enabled institute, Singh told TOI, adding that the B.B.A programme building at the Donors Plaza ground (now re-christened as Maharaja Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad Parishar) will become the first building of the university which will be Wi-Fi enabled. A proposal regarding this has already been cleared by MSUs syndicate members during the last syndicate meeting and orders are being placed. After BBA, MSU will convert the Faculty of Technology and Engineering (FTE) popularly known as Kalabhavan into a Wi-Fi campus. We are adopting cluster phasewise approach for this. FTE will be made Wi-Fi enabled by end of this year and in the second phase, we will start working on the main campus starting from Faculty of Science, says Singh. Director of MSUs computer centre is already formulating the proposal for FTE to decide the best available technology. It will be a controlled network with closed access so that it is not misused by outsiders. Every student will have a user id and password which he or she can use to access the Wi-Fi network, says Singh, adding that through collaboration with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), database of unique identity of all students is already being created. MSU has so far installed seven radio towers and is in the process of installing five more to strengthen its IT infrastructure. After strengthening its radio connectivity, additional 528 internet nodes have been provided to teachers, 328 more are under process. There are a demand of 350 more internet nodes pending before us to provide internet connectivity to even research scholars working at our laboratories, adds Singh.
Courtesy: Times of India
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