Sterlite Technologies, a leading global provider of connectivity solutions for the power and telecom industries, has been chosen by Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) to enhance its network for promotion of Higher Education in India. This project is part of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication and Technology (ICT)’ undertaken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
The scope of the project includes establishment of world-class connectivity for 120 universities across the country. This infrastructure would act as an information backbone, enabling every university in the network to function as an E-university. This platform would facilitate high bandwidth data transmission that is essential for e-learning and video based learning. The company would connect 30 universities to this backbone during FY12 and the remaining 90 universities by FY14. It would also manage the network for five years thereafter.
The National Mission on Education has been envisaged to leverage the potential of ICT, in teaching and learning process for the benefit of all the learners in Higher Education Institutions in any time anywhere mode. One of the key objectives of the program is to build a knowledge network among and within institutions of higher learning in the country. It aims to extend computer infrastructure and connectivity to over 18,000 colleges in India including each of the departments of nearly 400 universities/deemed universities and institutions of national importance to provide connectivity up to the last mile.