For an institution of higher learning being established in the 21st century, the stress must be on planning and implementation of the information technology and telecommunication related facilities for students, faculty and general administration purposes. The demand for such infrastructure becomes more critical if the institution is located away from the major urban centre, or district headquarters. At SMVDU, with the number of students now close to 250, and number of faculty close to 40, the need for reliable and robust connectivity within the University and with the outside world is imperative and self evident. In this short span of time, the University has not only been able to establish a good infrastructural setup so far as computer laboratories are concerned but has also put in place a 512 kbps satellite based internet connectivity from IPStar with the help of Software Technology Parks India Ltd.
The available IT and internal telecom network of the University can be considered as one of the best in the state of Jammu and Kashmir as regards the quality of equipment, and the demand and supply parameters. All laboratories have internet connectivity. Apart from this, the University has a full-fledged network control center with Linux ad Microsoft servers. The University plans to provide modern technological services like e-mail, ftp, centralized printing, web services to its faculty and students in the coming academic session. IT infrastructure is being augmented to enable all such services. All faculty members are provided computers in their office cabins which are connected to high speed servers and the LAN. The university has currently over 200 computers in use. The administrative staff members have been provided with the latest hardware and software facilities enabling them to carry out their duties more efficiently and promptly. Currently the Examination results and generation of salary are the two administrative activities that have been fully computerized by using software that has been developed in-house.
SMVD University Net and Internet Connectivity
The University has a full-fledged network center developed on Linux, Solaris and Microsoft servers. This centre serves as the control point for the Internet facility available in the University. SMVDU has commissioned Wi Fi connectivity in academic and student residential area recently. The faculty residential area has been connected to the network centre through our own broadband facility. The Network Centre covers all departments, hostels, administrative offices, medical centre, guest house, and has even provided the services to faculty residences as well. It has been built using Cisco switches. Internet services are provided through an External router, Cisco PIX firewall, and 6 Mbps Internet connections. The network centre has also been established to accommodate all the servers being used in the university for various purposes. The centre is equipped with IBM and sun servers running latest software's. All Schools and Colleges in the University are directly controlled by the Centre. The Network Centre provides unlimited usage of Internet facility to all the students and faculty through a 6 Mbps leased line connectivity. Students, Research scholars and Project staff can access Internet through any PC connected to LAN in any Department/Centre. The University provides modern technological services like e-mail, ftp, centralized printing, web, application services, library software to its faculty, staff and students. All faculty members are provided computers in their offices which are connected to high speed servers and the LAN. Network connectivity also has been provided to the students in the hostels and through telephone wire by using IPDSLAM broad band technology so that the students having their own computers and software shall get round-the-clock access to the internet from the hostels as well. This would go a long way in improving the overall quality of our students. Buildings are connected via a building switch to the central switch through optical fibre cable. The University owns and manages its own network. Edge switches in each College building provide Fast Ethernet (100Mbs) connectivity to ports.
The objectives of the UnivNet are:
To provide Gigabit capacity Campus LAN.
To interconnect securely with servers outide the SMVD UnivNet.
To easily secure connection and load balance any server or service across the network.
To implement dynamic IP addressing capability (DHCP) across the university network.
To provide secure network zones in the Network centre that provide network security for like groups of servers (Web, Database etc).
To have high speed wireless access in some select location on the campus initially
The SMVD UnivNet LAN consists of a meshed Gigabit Ethernet core divided presently into two sectors corresponding to the campus layout. Buildings are connected via a building switch to the central switch through wired or wireless means. The University owns and manages its own network. Edge switches in each College building provide Fast Ethernet (100Mbs) connectivity to ports. The current standard for building cabling is CAT6. Wireless access is provided by Cisco LinkSys base stations running 802.11G.
External & Remote Access
The internet connection is provided by STPI through IPStar Gateway by means of a satellite. Its current capacity is 256 Kbps (Local/International). An additional 2Mbps link is being commissioned by BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd) which will be an all fiber link from Udhampur NIB.
Network Control Centre
The network control centre has been established to accommodate all the servers being used in the university for various purposes. The centre has acquired IBM servers running latest software like Ms Windows 2003 and Red Hat Linux. This centre also serves as the control point for the Internet facility available in the university.
The primary services which shall be in-place within the next one year are: