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Pact soon on training in supercomputing

By K. Ramachandran

CHENNAI, NOV. 23. Anna University students and faculty members may soon get a chance to work with supercomputing equipment and in emerging areas of information technology such as open source and e-security systems. They may also get to do a project or undergo postgraduate-level training in the high-end areas.

The university is finalising a memorandum of understanding with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, a Central Government initiative for development of indigenous high performance computing technologies.

The Vice-Chancellor, E. Balagurusamy, told The Hindu today that the Syndicate last month ratified the MoU drafted by C-DAC, which envisaged the creation of a C-DAC research and development centre on the university campus.

"Tamil Nadu does not have such an R and Dcentre in advanced computing and if this works out as planned, it will be a boon to students, faculty and researchers here," he said.

The centre works in computer security, education, training, language computing and applications in e-governance and e-learning.

The university and the C-DAC hope to work on joint research projects in these areas as also in e-security, embedded systems, enterprise applications, language technology, bio-informatics, wireless communication, high performance computing, web services, multimedia and software engineering.

They also hope to jointly promote e-governance in the academic and government sectors.

"Anna University faculty and students will also get exposure to applications of high performance computing through PARAM supercomputer connectivity on mutually agreed terms," said the Vice-Chancellor. "We hope to evolve postgraduate-level training programmes in distributed computing and VLSI... but we have to decide what kind of programme."

The MoU hopes to facilitate postgraduate students to do their project in the C-DAC, as well as to enable C-DAC employees to enhance their qualifications.

After identifying specific areas of training and collaborative programmes, a formal agreement on specific projects, financial implications and other terms and conditions would be signed.

Prof. Balagurusamy said the MoU would be in force for five years. The intellectual property rights would be decided on a case-to-case basis as per industry norms, notes the draft MoU.

Counselling

The Vice-Chancellor said the Government wanted to hand over to the university the job of counselling to all professional course admissions from next year.

"Our system of counselling is organised and at the same time very transparent and probably this is why the Government wants us to do it. We are awaiting specific instructions from the Government," he said.

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