Evolution of higher education system in India is being guided through the
realities of knowledge driven force of 21st century. The challenges are of
complex and diverse nature, leading to multi-disciplinary approach with focus on
upliftment of all sections of society, irrespective of their background and location.
In the modern world, it is true that highly specialized education has got its own
importance. The scope and demand for higher education is constantly
increasing. The new pattern involves the creation of intellects of world standard (which means promotion of global standards in institutions of higher education)
and also training of skilled manpower on a mass basis without compromising on
quality (and that means making quality an integral part of the working of
institutions of higher education). The world will be looking for trained persons in
all basic fields with a sound knowledge base in their core discipline and with the
ability to adapt to new demands. All domains of knowledge cannot do without
ICT. Hence resource-sharing and innovative quality information based programs
are the need of the hour under the threat of escalating costs due to globalized
10th Plan Achievements:
During the X Five Year Plan, UGC has embarked upon promotion of ICT in a
moderate level by providing UGC INFONET, e-Journal Consortia, e-Content
Development and moving towards e-education among the Universities by
spending over Rs 180 crores. The presence of IT culture and use of e-resources,
creation of e-content/digitization has started appearing in the university
campuses by way of having access to about 4400 e-journals to 100 plus
universities covered under UGC INFONET.
There is a vast amount of untapped wealth of contents with the academics in the
Universities and Colleges across the country, which needs to be preserved in the
digital form for enhancing the wealth of knowledge base, which can be shared
through computer based communication networks. So far, under the aegis of
UGC, INFLIBNET and CEC in collaboration with ERNET, India have made
remarkable contributions in 149 Universities during the X Five Year Plan,
covering all the states, using Broadband LL/SCPC/DAMA/FTDMA/RF Open
Network Architecture. Besides , 100 plus Universities were covered with high
quality e-journals in discipline covering 4443 full text titles.
UGC-Infonet is one of the prestigious program of University Grants Commission
for building high speed Nationwide Communication Network for Indian
Universities. ERNET/INFLIBET is regularly monitoring and organising series of
Network management training program for Computer Professionals, System
Analysts from universities to manage/maintain the UGC-Infonet at their
respective universities. The main features of the scheme are as follows:
ô€‚¾ UGC-Infonet is a vehicle for distance learning to facilitate spread of quality
education all over the country.
ô€‚¾ UGC-Infonet is a tool to distribute education material and journals to the
remotest areas of the nation.
ô€‚¾ UGC-Infonet acts as a resource for researchers and scholars for tapping
the most up-to-date information.
ô€‚¾ UGC-Infonet forms a medium for collaboration among teachers and
students, not only within the country but also all over the world.
ô€‚¾ UGC-Infonet acts as an Intranet for University Network.
ô€‚¾ UGC-Infonet encompasses entire University Systems for most efficient
utilization of precious network resources.
ô€‚¾ UGC-Infonet establishes a channel for globalisation of education and
facilitate the universities in marketing their services and developments.
As on date, 149 Universities across the country are connected under UGCINFONET
Project with SCPC/DAMA/FTDMA/RF /Leased line in the bandwidth
range of 256 Kbps/512 Kbps/1Mbps/2Mbps.