Centre for Information Management & Computer Applications (CIMCA)
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi initiated a project in 1996 entitled Agricultural Research Information System (ARIS) in all the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) for setting up physical and technical infrastructure for initiating e-communication. A major advancement took place when the ARIS was transformed into CIMCA- Center for Information Management and Computer Applications.
In the year 2000, World Bank funded project Agri Development Project provided funds for staff training on Computer Applications. More than 450 employees of different categories were given practical training on use of computers at different levels and this training generated a craving among the staff for computer skills and also possessing e-communication facilities at the desk of aspiring employees.
The student community started pressing hard to provide facilities of Internet so that they could have their share in the global outpouring of information. Consequently, facilities for students were developed at Central Library where students could access Internet and email for 12 hours in a day. For the research scholars, various CD Data Bases were procured and installed in CD Tower Server at CIMCA, which is accessible from Central Library. But again the supply started falling short of demand. The distantly located on and off campus units also started to aspire for similar facility and accessibility. The scenario led to Wide Area Network (WAN).
The SKRAU WAN has so far facilitated faculty and students in their academic and educational pursuits. It has also been contributing to e-governance by way of treasury automation, digitization of PF records and salary sheets. The future seems to be more brighter. The SKRAU WAN is poised to support student regulatory functions from admission, registration, fulfilling mandatory schedules, examinations, evaluation and award. Through hybridization with video conferencing the communication shall become interactive. In nutshell, the RAU WAN system has till date proved very effective in e-communication and is ready to transform into e-regulation and e-interactions. Keeping with the pace of Info Communication Technology, RAU also realized the need of providing Internet connectivity to the students in their hostels. Initially, budding managers (IABM Students) have been provided with Internet connectivity using Wi Fi technology in their hostel rooms from 5:00 PM to 10:00 AM.
The ICAR sponsored 'National Information System on Agricultural Education Network (NISAGENET) is also being implemented through CIMCA in the supervision of IASRI, New Delhi. Since the database related to Agricultural Education is needed for various policy and planning purposes in the country, the project is of prime importance. The data of RAU is being collected/entered in six predefined schedules and then updated to the Main Server at IASRI, New Delhi.
Officer Incharge – CIMCA