Varsity goes paperless with dynamic portal

Varsity goes paperless with dynamic portal

Mangalore University on Saturday took its first step towards becoming paperless by making its Mangalagangothri campus fully WiFi-enabled. Inspired by the idea of Digital India mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it embarked on a mission to become an IT-based institution where all stakeholders get information online and will roll out its portal by April 26, vice-chancellor K Byrappa said here. 

Presiding over a function to launch the facility, Byrappa said the portal, work on which is presently under way, will be a one-stop solution for all requirements connected with the varsity. The best of seminars presented by students will be digitally recorded and uploaded on the portal using YouTube, the VC said, adding that six info kiosks will be set up on campus, and in the two constituent colleges as well as at the varsity's other PG centre at Chikkaluvara in Kodagu. 

Inaugurating the facility, Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said it's imperative for all concerned to move quickly given the speed at which technology is changing. With DK district regarded an educational hub, such progress in the university is natural, he said adding that there's a move to make the gram panchayat offices in the district paperless by connecting them to the OFC network. 

VR Nanjangud, director, computer centre, Mangalore University, said the university has set up 200 access points, 190 indoor and the rest outdoors, to provide seamless WiFi connectivity to an estimated 1,000 users. It's connected to the National Knowledge Network backbone with net access speed of 1GBPS, Nanjagud said, university is currently using 300MBPS of this bandwidth and can expect additional bandwidth if the existing 1GBPS is not enough later. 

Each access point can host up to 300 devises, he said, adding that at the current round of testing, users achieved speeds of up to 650MBPS. This signifies best optimal performance in data transfer, he said, adding that the university now downloads around 300GB of data every day. "With WiFi access given to respective stakeholders by way of authenticating their devices with login username and password, this data download will grow manifold," he said. 

The process of authenticating devices will be completed in a week. The system will ensure adequate coverage so that access is effective almost at all points in the building; ensure adequate throughput so that users have a satisfactory experience while using data, audio, video on the net; ensure adequate security - both for connectivity to Wi-Fi network and data transported over the air. 

"We'll have up-to-date information on what each user is doing and a detailed log will be maintained to ensure that administrator can help law enforcement agencies if there is any breach or violation in using the system," he said.