|PROJECT I.T. Update
|I.T. INFRASTRUCTURE AT MAYO COLLEGE, AJMER
|Mayo College has improved its infrastructure facilities in I.T. by taking up the following projects. The main aim of the project is to provide an advanced computing environment and access to Information Superhighway to all human resources in the College.
||Wiring all boarding houses, Staff Quarters and the main academic block with Optical Fibre Cables to enable multimedia learning and teaching.
||Providing Internet facility to students in all boarding houses(approximately 10 computer systems in each boarding house) spread over an area of 300 acres with considerable speed through Leased line/VSAT.
||Providing centralized access to various departments/boarding houses/administrative blocks using various servers (Mail, Proxy, Firewall, Authentication, Database , File and Print).
||Manpower for maintaining the above facility and also to create an e-content which could be shared by others.
||Purchase of Software and operating systems required for the above purpose.
A BRIEF ON PROJECT IT AT MAYO COLLEGE, AJMER
The entire concept was conceived three years back and old boys of some active chapters had come out with a proposal to wire the entire campus. HCL also gave a proposal to convert this dream project into reality but due to lack of funds, it did not take off. With the emerging needs of students and IT as a major tool in shaping their life, the project assumed significance. A technical committee was formed with Maj.Gen.Aditya Singh as Chairman, Th.Randhir Vikram Singh Mandawa and Principal, Mayo College as Members.
A Request for Proposal was sent to 13 major IT companies in the country and proposals were received from 5 of them. L&T, HCL, WIPRO, TATA Infotech and NIIT were then asked to quote based on a Tender Document. The proposals were received in two parts viz. the technical proposal and the commercial proposal. During the technical evaluation of bids, NIIT was not found to satisfy our technical needs and hence their bids were rejected. Commercial proposals from the remaining four vendors were then analyzed and the contract was awarded to the lowest bidder M/s L&T Ltd. A supply order was then issued to L&T mentioning the salient features of the project to provide 120 PIV and Celeron systems with 4 servers to connect the existing and new systems.
The work on the project commenced as soon as the school closed for Summer vacations. The team of workers from L&T found major hurdles in digging trenches for laying cables as the terrain was rocky. We have to do mild blasting at many areas, however, standards for cabling were followed to the minutest level.
Under the supervision of Mr.S.Sriram, Co-ordinator IT, the project was completed in two phases a fortnight behind schedule….first to connect the Admin block and classrooms and then to connect all boarding houses. Though the first phase was completed on 31st July, 2003, connectivity to the boarding houses started on 02nd September, 2003 and the students get to access restricted sites. Today, students in various boarding houses access the net between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. for sending mails and browse the net for educational purposes.
The Aim of Project IT is to provide connectivity to all places in the campus including Boarding Houses, Admin Block, Class Rooms, Computer Labs and Staff Residences so that communication becomes simple between the vast areas of the College Campus. The network is designed to cater to 360 nodes in the initial phase and can be expanded to any level as the backbone is a 10Gbps Fibre cable of laser grade. All the Edge switches have 24 ports wherein only 12 ports are loaded in the initial phase. The Network Layout that was designed originally by L&T was modified to bring in more redundancy at the outer layers so that the entire project can be well maintained with minimum downtime. A 512 Kbps Leased line from Shyam Internet Services Ltd., Jaipur caters to be needs of students for internet purposes.
The project intends to facilitate e-learning process that has become a benchmark in today’s learning curriculum. In addition to providing Internet facility to students for mailing purposes, the network shall be extensively used for project work and career guidance. It will also facilitate easy communication between staff and students and vice-versa any time in the day in addition to helping the students to be in touch with their parents. The students can share resources among themselves thereby saving a lot of time and increasing productivity. They can also get 24 hr. help from the staff during vacations. The local intranet facility shall help the students to be in touch with each other and also help them to access offline material stored on the database servers. In the time to come students can bring their own Laptop/ Notebook/ Tablet and get connected.Some of the Salient Features of the project are:
a) “Bhartiyavidya” --These are highly informative multimedia capsules that can act as teaching aids to teachers in imparting quality education in classrooms. The capsules contain images and videos in 3D and can depict things that cannot be drawn on board. The visual appeal of these capsules are so powerful that it has found good flavour amongst students in understanding some difficult concepts in various subjects.
b) “Compass Box” – It is a treasure of information related to the syllabus on various chapters in all subjects. This tool is very helpful for teachers and students alike and pays a lot of emphasis on the type of questions the students can expect and how to go about the problem solving skills. It can also help a teacher to prepare a question paper in minutes. All the computers in the campus are connected to the Network Centre and four high end SCSI servers cater to different applications to make the job faster and easier. A firewall prevents unauthorized users from hacking the network and a Virus wall prevents the network from virus attacks. Every student has a login name and a password with a server space and an email id with mayocollege.com as the domain with a 5 MB Mailbox.
The Network is very robust with a 3 tier architecture-Core, distribution and access. All switches used are CISCO make with CISCO 3550G as the core switch and 22 CISCO 2950 as the edge switches. A mix of ring and star topology was preferred to maximize redundancy. Universal standards for cabling and documentation have been followed. CISCO LAN Management software is used for effective LAN Management. Approximately 10 kms. of multimode fibre and 3 kms. of single mode fibre in addition to 11 kms. of UTP cabling and 3 kms. of STP cabling have been laid at a depth of 1.5m to complete this project. Staff Residences are being connected by Long Range Ethernet Switches.
Soon, an Intranet will be established that will involve MIS for Admin Staff and integration of all localized services like Payroll, student results and performance, Accounting, PF, Stores, Tuck shop, Hospital Management, Hostel Management and a host of other features.
The people who are involved in the success of this Project are:-
1. Lt.Gen.Aditya Singh-Chairman I.T.Committee
2. Th.Randhir Vikram Singh Mandawa-Member I.T.Committee
3. Mr.Pramod Sharma-Principal-Member I.T.Committee
4. Mr.Dinesh Bhatnagar-Bursar-Member I.T.Committee
5. Col.S.P.Kochhar (College of Combat, MHOW)-Technical Advisor
6. Mr.S.Sriram-Co-ordinator & Chief Supervisor Project I.T.
Mayo College is highly indebted for the support and guidance of the above members for sparing their crucial time and making this project a success.