1. Virtualization and Private Cloud
Aim is to build a highly secure, automated, agile, cost effective internal IT Infrastructure - leveraging solutions provided by Industry leaders in virtualization. University of Kerala is looking to enhance their IT infrastructure as part of the long pending IT refresh. Since there are so many colleges under each university, university decided to build a private virtualized infrastructure as part of the internal IT Infra and so that they can provide the required services to each colleges. This will help the university to change the way it's been considered, as cost center to a profit center and also will ensure maximum availability of all the applications. The Data Centres (DC) shall provide better operations & management control; minimize overall cost of Data Management, IT Management and Deployment through use of common infrastructure, which broadly includes: Compute Infrastructure and Storage Infrastructure. So a solution to the optimized usage is maximizing the utilization as per the demand. We cannot ensure the application a server is up in full time because a single application is runs in a single server. It the server fails the application fails. The physical servers are pooled as a single unit and create virtual servers as per the demand. Presently Universities and organizations are moving this path to fulfill the requirements and cost optimization.
2. Students Life Cycle Management
Aim of the project is creating a comprehensive examination system in the University of Kerala and extents the solution to the other Universities. The projects cover IT enabled examination management that gives a single platform for the examinations. The services are useful to all stakeholders of the examination. the project is sharpening the IT enabled services into a single platform then optimizing in the examination process that gives better service to the students. This reduces the time lag in the examination processes and faster result processing. Proper conductions of examinations and time bound results are major challenges faced by the Universities in Kerala. This can be eliminated by the use of IT enabled services in the examinations integrating software applications in a single platform. The stakeholders of other universities also beneficiary of this project. After completion of the project we can customize the project for the interesting Universities with a minimum cost.
3. Next Generation Data Centre
University of Kerala have a Data Centre with minimum facilities. Due to the day to day activities converged into the IT enabled services, the equipment and services must be modern. IT infrastructure of the University is keep emerging but fails in frequent upgradation due insufficient funds. Today, cost of IT equipment increases due to underutilization of existing overlay management. Fusion of existing and new IT infrastructure gives a cost-performance advantage for the University. The utilization of existing IT infrastructure effective by incorporating modern IT infrastructure. This reduces the gap of web security threads focusing by the University. Frequent updation and upgradation of existing IT infrastructure and IT equipment are key focus of this proposal. The existing servers, storage other equipment are part of the usage. Virtualization of the existing servers and storage gives cost-effective utilization of existing and new IT equipment. Also modern Data Centre gives smooth functioning of the University. The present IT gap is healed by a Data Centre Administrator on contract. It is followed by strengthen our staff into modern IT infrastructure through the expertise. Future they will manage the Data Centre with the present experience.
4. Admissions Portal
admissions.keralauniversity.ac.in - University provide an online admission portal to the students who wish to join our courses. This project is a single window system covers online allotment process and admission at the affiliated college side. This web portal provides admission related facilities across various Under Graduate, Post-graduate, CSS, BEd and MEd courses offered by the University in the affiliated colleges. This portal provides complete admission process round the clock. This portal reduces the effort of students as well as colleges in the admission process. Applicants can register their desired college-course options along with their personal and academic details. This portal is transparent, robust and reliable.
5. Examinations Portal
exams.keralauniversity.ac.in - This is an official portal for examination wing. It is useful for Students, Colleges and University staff. Through this portal all the examination related task of the University of Kerala can be performed online, such as : Enrolment, Exam Registration, Verification, Hallticket generation, viewing Nominal Roll, Class attendance ,CA mark entry, CA mark verification, Exam attendance entry etc.
6. Examinations Software
As the demand of computerization increased, the University started the computerization of its regular activities from the year 2001 onwards. The examination computerization activities began by computerizing the degree preparation process by automating the process using custom built degree management software. University issues special hologram embedded degree forms with several visible and hidden security features and Computer Centre manages the system since its beginning from the year 2001.
Second phase in examination computerization was the computerization of tabulation works. Tabulation sections of all examinations of the University make use of custom made software developed by Computer Centre. All the examinations in our University are computerized. The different features available in the software include facility for online marks entry, Web based hall tickets generation, online result availability etc. Traditional way of sending hall tickets to colleges from the University was discarded for almost all courses. All restructured courses with vocational courses exams are also computerized. The process of computerisation of CBCS examinations are moving fast. Fully Web-enabled, online Continuous Assessment (CA) and End Semester Assessment (ESA) mark entry system is introduced for different courses. In addition, registration to different University examinations is now done in online way. Presently around 2 lakhs of students are using this facility.
7. e-Goverance and Information hub
The University has many campuses, mainly administrative campus at Palayam and departments at Kariavattom. There are many distant campus units like Unversity study centres, UITs, B.Ed. centres etc. Major functions of the University are concentrating on its functional units or building blocks. These blocks are Administration, Academic, Examination, Planning and Finance divisions. Presently activities of the University are in partial computerised State and face many challenges in the information gathering. The computerisation of each building block with self-communication and intercommunication melts the delay of process and communication gaps. A total information-processing database within the building block reduces time consumption and administrative delay for their users. This builds a cost effective runway between the building blocks of our University. The solution to this problem is an Intranet Information service to the staff, students and public who is a well-wisher of the University activities.
8. KMAT Kerala
The website for registration for KMAT Kerala exam (http://kmatkerala.in) was developed in very quick time in the month of December, 2016. The website also included an admin portal which the office of the Admission Supervisory Committee used for retrieving various statistics and reports. This portal had many other features, which included generation of nominal rolls of candidates, which was later used to conduct the entrance exam at various centres. The facility to download hall tickets, and final score-cards after the results were published, was also made available in the website on the notified date. There is online payment facility in the KMAT website.
9. Research Portal
research.keralauniversity.ac.in - University of Kerala has many teaching departments, affiliated colleges and research centres in different locations. There are many researchers doing their Ph.D. at these centres. Our University produces 200 - 250 Ph. D. per year in various disciplines. The growth of research in the Kerala University is moving fast. In the coming years the number of Ph.D. submission will increase. Now we are facing the quality of Research and its supporting activities. Number of administrative staff will not increase based on such requirements. Presently each registration takes more than six months in average. So a revamping is highly essential in our Research sections. There is two-step process for a student when he/she is undergoing Ph.D. First, registration process and second, submission process. The registration processes include application process, initial registration and doctoral committee meeting. The submission processes include synopsis and thesis submission. During these periods, work should be monitored, because the student is availing research facilities, scholarships, publication fee etc. Therefore, a continuous monitoring of a student\92s is essential. The computerised solution will give much faster and efficient dimensions in the Research activities.
10. Wi-Fi Campus
The purpose of the Wi-Fi network is to help students in both the campuses to connect to the Internet & Intranet through wireless network from anywhere inside the university campus and able to access the information in a secured manner. University employees, students, and guests will have shared access to wireless network resources to support the University's mission of teaching, research, and outreach. Those who wish to connect to the campus network with a laptop or other wireless device can use the wireless network infrastructure that is owned by and centrally managed by Computer Centre.
11. Integrated Information System
Kerala University Computer Centre has developed an Integrated Information System linking Colleges and University, Head Quarters. It facilitates the creation of a repository of data of students and teachers of all Colleges affiliated to it. The data base of the new system will have details of all the teachers and students of all colleges from 2009 admission onwards. Routine reports to be prepared by College Office and teachers can be generated from the data base in suitable formats. Bookkeeping in the conventional methods can be avoided in due course. If hard copies of important information are needed, print out of the same can be taken from this Integrated Information System linking Colleges and University. IT enabling of routine administrative functions of Colleges can also be done using the system. Colleges can not only upgrade the quality of their office work but also send information relevant to University with no extra effort, by the click of a button.
12. Digitization and archival of records
University of Kerala wishes to digitize and archive the large pool of documents that it has accrued over the past 75 years of its existence. The project is tendered and presently operating. The work is monitored by the Technical officer, Computer Centre. This project is a milestone in the University.
13. Online Revaluation Process
The University of Kerala presently offers revaluation of examination papers after publishing the results for UG courses. After publishing the results, the candidate can obtain their marks from the University Examination portal. The candidate can apply for revaluation through the portal within the last date prescribed for the same. The evaluator on login can see the list of papers assigned for revaluation. The candidate can download the revaluation result from the Examination portal. The revised revaluation change memo can be forwarded to the candidate duly endorsed by the officials concerned.
14. Teachers Index Database
Computer Centre implemented a new facility to the examination branch for efficient evaluation process. It is a single window system that gives an online staff index database which helps the examination and question paper setting process. Presently, the database grows with the affiliated college teachers details.
15. Online Question paper
To automate question paper preparation and distribution to the examination centres, Computer centre introduce a new system for our University. In our examinations site we have teacher's index card which include the details of teaching staffs of all the Colleges of Kerala University. This will help to facilitate easier identification of question paper setters than existing system. University can prepare question paper and keep in a secured manner. Then the principals of examination centres can download question paper in the time allotted by University.
16. Online Question Bank
University has already started a platform for online question bank facility for students and staff. First phase is CSS question bank preparation followed by the question bank of affiliated colleges. Through this portal any one can submit their questions. After the verification the questions are uploaded and useful for students.
17. Digital Content Creation Lab for e Learning
Digital Content creation Lab & e-learning project aims at developing high quality digital Content, as well as expertise for generating such content over the long term. Through this project provides technical support to teachers and other experts based in colleges and departments under University of Kerala for the development of digital Content. The inclusion of e-Content in learning is now inevitable, and the University initiative is designed to meet the new challenges and to help educators in University takes the lead in this newly emerging field. The digital Content, once developed, will be maintained at the web portal / DVDs that would be tailored to meet the needs of students. The content will be accessible to all teachers and students of the University system throughout the country. The goal of this project is to encourage individual teachers, groups of teachers in colleges and departments and experts in the IT industry in content development and multimedia production to develop educational content in electronic format, suitable for use in various teaching and learning programms.
18. High Speed OFC Connectivity throughout the Campus
High speed OFC gives high throughput and low delays on an end-to-end basis, a degree of fairness in accessing available channel bandwidth among active users on the network, and a quality of service provisioning. It also provides high-availability, flexibility, scalability and manageability. By implementing high speed OFC throughout the campus, separate channels can be used for the following purposes mainly Data, CCTV and Video Conferencing etc.
It avoids the delay in data transfer. Disaster recovery location can be set at Kariavattom because University's data centre location is at S H campus, Palayam. The data can be backed up and temporarily stored in S H campus.
19. Network Security for University of Kerala
Data security means protecting sensitive data from the destructive forces, and from the unwanted actions of unauthorized users.
The University of Kerala has in-place a variety of measures to ensure that data security is maintained and sensitive information is not exposed to unauthorized personnel. The first level of security is ensured by giving authorized access to information based on one's privilege and designation. Every staff in the University has been given a personal User Name and Password using which they are able to login into the system. This ensures that no unauthorized infringement to sensitive data is made and data security is ensured at the very basic level. Moreover, depending on one's roles and privileges, every official is given appropriate access to information which may be required for the individual to execute their day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.
20. Online Examinations
University of Kerala is conducting Online examinations to BEd Students.
21. Hostel Admissions
hostel.keralauniversity.ac.in Admission to different hostels under University of Kerala are now online. This portal provides online registration facility to a wide range of students including UG, PG, CSS, BEd students and research scholars who seeks admission to various hostels under University of Kerala. Now it is easy to monitor and manage Hostel Admission process by wardens and concerned section.
22. Physical Education Website
pe.keralauniversity.ac.in Online portal for Physical Education Department. This portal helps the concerned department in managing and administering sports competitions across University. Facilities includes student registration, uploading of notifications, management of sports competitions, certificate printing etc.,