KING GEORGE’S Medical University’s hi-tech flight took off well. But, it virtually landed nowhere, leaving patients, doctors and students in the lurch.
In the absence of the basic network support, the university is suffering from unclaimed systemic failure.
The Local Area Networking (LAN) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project hasn’t seen the light of the day even as a year has passed since its inception.
The LAN-ERP project originally had twin objectives to facilitate patients with a speedy consultancy on one hand and to upgrade education standards for students on the other.
This was possible as all the reference-test-results (RTR) could be available on the computer and any one connected to the main server could see the laboratory or X-ray results.
Since the project required a composite solution to networking and hardware usage, some big names from the IT and education sectors were involved. Prof TV Prabhakar and Navpreet Singh from IIT-Kanpur were consultants for the project. Prof Rashmi Kumar, Prof Siddharth Das, Dr Vinita Das, Dr US Pandey, Dr Ramakant, Dr Sanjay Mehrotra and SD Maurya were made members in the tender committee. A nominee from UP government GK Batra was also on the committee.
In response to the advertisement, 12 companies had submitted their proposals. The LAN committee on April 23, 2005 invited technical and financial bids from six shortlisted companies.
The committee again met on July 21, 2005 but selected the technical bid on September 6 through the L-1 technique. Finally, one bidder was shortlisted. But, the five other bidders registered their protest against the selection. This snowballed into a controversy which triggered many other rows in this respect.
Controversies then never stopped with the project as allegations against some faculty members were leveled that those involved in the tender evaluation process had not done their job with fairness.
The matter had to be stopped as it involved the purchase of nearly 600 computers to connect each faculty member, all the departments and the forthcoming Centenary Hospital, on a unanimous server.
Ironically, almost all the faculty members have air conditioners in their rooms and much of them persuaded administrative officials repeatedly for the cooling machines but there is no one to pursue about LAN-ERP, the vital thing required on campus. Will the vice chancellor look in to it?