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Meeting with Dr Ramachandra Guha

Meeting with Dr Ramachandra Guha

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Meeting Dr. Ramachandra Guha in “The Hindu Lit for Life Annual Lecture” at ITC Gardenia, Bangalore.

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IISc Bangalore to set up a digital campus over the next 3 years

IISc Bangalore to set up a digital campus over the next 3 years

IISc Bangalore to set up a digital campus over the next 3 years

October 24, 2016. The institute has set up the Digital Campus and IT Services (DIGITS) office and roped in specialists to steer digital initiatives.

Over a hundred years into its existence, the premier Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has initiated a slew of information technology initiatives as part of its goal to establish a Digital Campus over the next three years.

The institute has a target of raising Rs 35 crore through alumni and corporates for this project that involves establishment of next-generation IT infrastructure. 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 Anurag Kumar told ET.

Gopalakrishnan was senior vice president who was head of information systems responsible for the building and deployment of all enterprise applications across Infosys.

“The main target is integrated computerisation on the campus. Different sections of the administration like finance, academics and so on have their own com puters and servers. We want to integrate them all. Even IIT Delhi and Bombay are doing this,“ Kumar said.

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 wifi coverage. Students can work in these places while enjoying the campus greenery .“

ISc 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.

LimberLink Technologies founder V Vinay, a former IISc professor who co-invented the Simputer, remembered that he was part of a committee 20 years back to oversee computerisation of the administration. It did not come through then. “It is vital for an institute of this stature to have a digital footprint but it should have been done sometime back,“ he said.

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Launch of Mrs. Sudha Murty Distinguished Chair

Launch of Mrs. Sudha Murty Distinguished Chair

Launch of Mrs. Sudha Murty Distinguished Chair

The second of the three distinguished Chairs established by Mr. Kris and Mrs. Sudha Gopalakrishnan at IISc has been named after alumnus Mrs. Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation.

Prof. Vasant Honavar, the Edward Frymoyer Endowed Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University, is the first recipient of the Chair.

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The three Distinguished Chairs in Neurocomputing and Data Science were established with a generous contribution from the Pratiksha Trust set up by Mr. Kris and Mrs. Sudha Gopalakrishnan. The objective of this intiative is to promote high impact collaboration leading to capacity building and ecosystem creation in brain, computation, data and systems, at IISc and in India.

The first of these, the K. Vaidyanathan Distinguished Chair, is currently occupied by Prof. Shihab Shamma, Professor, Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland.

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