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                                     Multimedia Systems Lab of National Informatics Centre, one of the Pioneers in the field of Multimedia Technology and Applications, Was established in September 1992 with the vision of providing low cost Multimedia solutions to the Indian multimedia market. This Lab has been reorganized as Multimedia Engineering and Facilities Division or Videoconferencing Division to provide & maintain NIC Videoconferencing Service. The division also has the following areas of responsibilities:-

                                    Basic Technology development leading to the creation of facilities, hardware, system software, interface electronics, interface software and standardization on all aspects of Multimedia Communication, Interactive Multimedia, Videoconferencing, and Interactive TV.

                                     In the field of Videoconferencing since 1995, the technical expertise of Videoconferencing Division of unmatched in the country. Videoconferencing division has also setup a network of 640 Videoconferencing sites over NICNET located at various cities all over India. This network runs on high-speed satellite highway of NIC called NICNET.

Members Profile

                                      There is only one feature which makes an organization differ from other and that is the People behind. The knowledge base of the division comprises of multi-disciplinary individuals, which includes people from Engineering, Management, Product design and Visual Communication backgrounds. An amalgamation of varied interest of  individuals creates a positive working environment. Videoconferencing division keeps the hierarchical management system at one side when it comes to team work. Every lab member is part of the experience called "VIDEOCONFERENCING".   

Dayanand Saha

Head of Department & Senior Technical Director

Anand Swaroop Srivastava
Senior Technical Director
K. P. Sharan
Senior Technical Director
B. K. Sharma
Technical Director
Ashok Kumar
Principal Systems Analyst
Ashok Dimri
Principal Systems Analyst
Anil kaistha
Principal Systems Analyst
Priyanka Amarya
Systems Analyst
Manoj Kumar
Scientific Officer

We are the pioneers behind VC Division !!!!!


Salient features of NIC’s Videoconferencing Services

• Offering videoconferencing services over NICNET since 1995.

• Offering state of art High Definition (HD) resolution videoconferencing services across the country over NICNET/NKN.

• Seamless integration of videoconferencing services running over NICNET with International and any other videoconferencing link across various public networks.

• Seamless integration of H.323/SIP based videoconferencing systems with NIC’s Cloud based desktop videoconferencing services.

• Seamless integration NIC’s videoconferencing services with NIC’s Webcast services.

• Centralized High Definition quality recording facility of videoconferencing sessions.

• Largest videoconferencing network in India consisting of more than 1400 dedicated videoconferencing studios over NICNET covering all State Capitals & UTs, all districts, all Raj Bhavans, Ministries, office of Cabinet Secretary, office of Secretaries to GOI, CS offices, DGP offices, DG-CPMF offices, CIC office, CEC office etc.

• Largest infrastructure for multipoint videoconferencing services with 42 High Definition (HD) MCUs deployed across states having aggregated capacity of more than 1500 ports.

• A total of 66 High End Virtual Classrooms has been established over NKN/NICNET (IITs, NITs, IISc, and IISERs etc.) and more than 400 e-Classrooms over NICNET / SWAN network.

• NIC is providing Cloud based desktop videoconferencing services to more than 20,000 users like Central & State Govt. officials, Department of Financial Services (DFS), Courts & Jails, NKN and others.

• Hon’ble President of India has availed NIC’s Videoconferencing services for addressing to the students and faculty of CUs, IITs, NITs & institutions for higher studies. Hon’ble President of India has also used this facility for addressing to all the Governors of India.

• Hon’ble Prime Minister of India chairs PRAGATI VC sessions every month for reviewing various schemes, projects being implemented by Government of India and redressal of public grievances. Hon’ble Prime Minister has presided over 17 PRAGATI VC sessions till date. He has been frequently using NIC’s videoconferencing services for various purposes like remote inaugural ceremonies, delivering key-note addresses etc.

• Presently, an average of 25,000 multi-site videoconferences with more than 5,00,000 site hours of videoconferencing sessions are being held annually.

Benefits of Videoconferencing                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                     A Videoconferencing meeting is usually brief and more focused than a face meeting. Benefits available to business through ability to meet and work  over a distance, are extensive. It enable top management to communicate and effectively with employees sitting at multiple locations. Videoconferencing to reduce travel costs, improves use of executive time and speeds up decision making.

                                                     Video and data conferencing enables virtual project management by getting geographically dispersed peer groups at short notice. It provides an effect of delivering cost-efficient training to individuals without the need to constant travel to central locations. In order to bring about cultural change, NIC is p lot of efforts in educating users to see videoconferencing as an alternative conventional meeting.

Who can avail NIC Videoconferencing Service ?                                                                                                                                                      

                                                       NIC provides IT support to various Government Ministries and departments of State Govt., Planning Commission, Government of India, which  defines domain of NIC. As per the Gazette notification dated 2nd September 1995, NIC shall be able to support public and private organizations which are user/ beneficiaries of or implements/ franchisers engaged in the promotional activities/ projects/ program of national importance, the possible list is given below:

  • Public Sector Units, Government bodies, Autonomous & Co-operative Semi-Government Organizations.
  • Central Schemes, Centrally Sponsored Schemes, State Schemes and Projects.
  • Research and Educational Institutions, Libraries.
  • Health, Medical & Family Welfare.
  • Courts, Lok Adalats, Legal Information Systems.
  • Decentralized Planning and Panchayati Raj Institutions.
  • Rural Development Projects, Supporting Projects and Voluntary Organization.
  • Parliament, Parliamentarians, Legislative Assemblies, Member of legislative Assembly.
  • Women and Child Welfare Programmes.
  • Exporters, Export Promotion and Export-Support Organizations.
  • Public Service Examinations.
  • Water Management and Irrigation Information System.
  • Sustainable Development Projects and Programmes for people Below line.
  • Indian Mission and Trade Promotion Bodies abroad.
  • Welfare of SC/ST and other Weaker Sections.
  • Backward Area Development.
  • Steel, Coal, Power, Cement and Transport Sectors.
  • Marketing of Government Databases.
  • Tourism Industry.

Salient Features of NIC's Videoconferencing Services                                                                                                                                                

  • Largest Videoconferencing network consisting more than 1500 Videoconferencing Studios in India covering all State Capitals and Union Territories over NICNET.

  • Videoconferencing facility in all districts of 22 States which include Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Rajastha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Punjab, Nagaland, Triputa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Bihar, Sikkim, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Orissa, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

  • Videoconferencing facility from Lakshadweep, Pondicherry, Chandigarh and Andaman & Nicobar Union Territory.

  • Remaining States and UT capitals are having one Videoconferencing studio.

  • Offering Videoconferencing services for last 11 years.

  • Seamless Integration of ISDN, VSAT and LAN based Videoconferencing sites.

  • International Videoconferencing facility using ISDN lines.

  • Multipoint Videoconferencing capabilities upto 16 sites with continuous presence and voice activated capabilities.

  • Videoconferencing Services integrated with NICNET Videobroadcasting Services for Distance Education, Telemedicine & other such applications.

  • Low cost Videoconferencing services in India @Rs.3000 per hour plus Service Tax as applicable.

  • A strong network of more than 50 ISDN based Videoconferencing location 490 locations over High Speed network called NICNET.

  • Presence of MCU through which 8 sites can conference with each other time. five participating sites is good enough for a conference.

  • The Continuous Presence (CP) mode of MCS where four of the remote always be visible in the remote monitor, occupying one quadrant of the screen.

  • Feature of selecting one site on a full screen  mode and then rejoining CP mode.

  • One of the quadrant in a CP mode can be made as Voice activated, w Means the remaining 3 sites out of 8 will be in a voice activated mode be seen in the quadrant once any audio is generated from these sites.

  • Seamless Integration of ISDN, VAST and LAN based videoconferencing through MCS.

  • International Videoconferencing capability over ISDN.

  • Anytime... Anywhere...Mobile Videoconferencing using quick deployable equipment

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