The premier Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for the first time in over hundred years has a batch of information technology initiatives as a part of its goal to establish a Digital Campus over the next 3 years.
This project involves next generation IT infrastructure, the IISc has a target of raising 35 crore through alumni and corporates for this. The institute has set up the Digital Campus and IT Services (DIGITS) office and roped in specialists to steer digital initiatives. "We have hired on contract IT professionals such as Ganesh Gopalakrishnan from Infosys to help make the campus more digital than it has been," IISc director.
According to reports, the main target of this project is integrated computerisation on the campus. Different sections of the administration like finance, academics and so on have their own computers and servers, the main is aim to integrate them all.
The DIGITS office is also working on telecom, internet and network access (TINA), video security equipment (VISE) and multimedia classrooms (MMCR) initiatives."We also have plans to set up a system for raising complaints of all sorts like maintenance and garbage," the director said.
The large-scale digitisation will not only reduce paperwork but also cut distance between offices and students, IISc Students Council chairman Naveen B Ramu said.
"We're coming out with an app called S-CATS, a student complaint redressal system. The basic platform is ready. We're also trying to create student hubs wherever possible on campus by having Wi-Fi coverage. Students can work in these places while enjoying the campus greenery."
IISc is India's only university to figure among the world's top 150-250 in global rankings and it hopes that rapid modernisation of digital infrastructure could help improve its global standing further.