In a bid to ensure seamless data sharing among higher education institutions, chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced that all state universities and constituent colleges will be brought under cloud computing. A centre for this would be set up on Anna University campus at 160 crore.
The centre, that is expected to be completed in three years, will benefit students, teachers and research scholars. Director of Planning and Development, Anna University, Prof J Kumar, said that the centre will enable all state universities to access internal resources to exchange relevant information between them.
“We plan to upload video lectures of faculty members. Under the GIAN (Global initiative of academic networks) program of the MHRD, we will be working in association with experts from across the world who will deliver lectures for credit courses and can be uploaded through cloud computing,” he said. Apart from academic and administrative purposes, the centre will also be used as a nodal agency to verify authenticity of marks transcripts and certificates.
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Prof Kumar said that transparent accessibility of all certificates on this nodal centre will weed out bogus certificates issued by institutions. “This is especially helpful for admissions abroad,” he added. “Large amount of data can be collected for documentation and verification purposes. We have a separate team which will work in cloud computing that will help upload voluminous data,” said the University registrar, S Ganesan, adding that the univarsity is thinking of constituting a committee to start the computing process.
A research and training centre is also being set up in the university at the cost of 50 crore and the institution is in talks with corporates and equipment manufacturers to contribute research facilities or equipments.
It will also house a motor vehicle centre for research on pollution control and a 5,000-seat auditorium, which will be set up at a cost of 50 crore each.
News Courtesy: The Times of India (link)