With the inauguration of the IT Park, a set-up with an investment of Rs 11 crore, Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, got formerly connected with the National Knowledge Network as an edge institute.
Minister of human resource development, communication and information technology Kapil Sibal on Sunday inaugurated the IT Park and the virtual classroom set-up on the campus of the NIT.
"By using technology intelligently and efficiently, we can overcome problems like paucity of good faculty and increased pressure on faculty members," he said while addressing the students.
"Such classrooms broaden the learning horizons of the students. We wish that each child remains connected with the faculty of every other university and such virtual classrooms will help make this dream come true," the minister added.
"Technology has changed the style of learning and by connecting to the National Knowledge Network, Dr BR Ambedkar NIT, Jalandhar, has created a landmark for the students of the region. The best thing today is sharing the resources to have their optimum utilisation," he added.
"As many as 774 institutes, including all IITs, IIMs, central universities, deemed universities, NITs and many established institutes around the country, are currently connected with the Network, which comprises an ultra-high speed Core (multiples of 10 Gbps), complemented with distribution layer at appropriate speed network, and this network is designed to support overlay networks, dedicated networks, and virtual networks," said Dr Samir Kumar Das, director of the institute.
"We, being an edge institute, have been provided with the speed of 1Gbps by the National Informatics Centre and it is working seamlessly to integrate with the global scientific community at the multiple gigabits per second speed," said Arvind Kumar Agnihotri, the coordinator.
The minister later had an interactive session with the faculty members from the National Informatics Centre, Delhi, and IIT Chennai, and shared his views on using technology for the benefit of students.
"This is the 66th such classroom established in the country. All the students of our institute will have the advantage to clear their doubts on their syllabi with experts from other reputed institutions also," said Agnihotri.
He said, "A special cell is being formed in the NIT to coordinate with the faculty of other institutes through emails. We will keep our students updated with the schedule of lectures being delivered by experts so that they may reach in the virtual classroom and interact with those faculty members."
The minister also laid the foundation stone of the new science block being created in the NIT campus at an estimated cost of 12 crore.