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DB University Links to National Knowledge Network

By C. M. Paul
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Guwahati, Sep. 8. The Assam Don Bosco University activated its new Local Area Network with effect from Friday 6 pm, 6th September 2013.

''This LAN now brings the University within the National Knowledge Network (NKN), a project of the ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India,'' said ADBU Registrar Dr Basil Koikara briefing the University Community.
''Two years ago, we were one of the first educational establishments in the country to sign up a ten year contract for this national knowledge grid,'' said Vice Chancellor Dr Stephen Mavely.

The ten year subscription then cost Rs.22.5 lakhs (USD45,000) only.

''The access to the LAN is now authenticated through individual login,'' said Dr Koikara warning that ''all should avoid all illegal, illicit or improper use of the university internet facility.''

He further informed that ''the current system keeps logs of each user, connecting websites visited, and downloads.''

Other value added services this LAN can provide includes: Moodle (the Learning Management Tool for Aptitude Tests), Spoken Tutorials (learn a number of software free), and ADBU Library OPAC (Online Public Access System),

The Director of ADBU Computer Operations Mr Vijay Prasad along with Mr Manoj Das and his team from ADBU Computer Lab facilitated the painstaking work to implement the LAN and the switchover.

The ADBU classrooms and hostels at Azara campus are fully connected with free WiFi.

The NKN is a platform for delivering effective distance education where teachers and students can interact in real time. The network enables co-sharing of information such as classroom lectures, presentations and handouts among different institutions.

The NKN comprises of an ultra-high speed CORE (multiples of 10 Gbps), complimented with a distribution layer at appropriate speeds. Participating institutions at the Edge will connect to the NKN seamlessly at speeds of 1 Gbps or higher. The network is designed to support Overlay Networks, Dedicated Networks, and Virtual Networks. Advanced applications in areas such as Health, Education,

Science & Technology, Grid Computing, Bio Informatics, Agriculture, and Governance are an integral part of NKN. The entire network will seamlessly integrate with the global scientific community at multiple gigabits per second speed.  

NKN has already connected 781 institutions and aims to connect over 1,500 Institutions / Organisations / Laboratories under various categories throughout the country.
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