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NIC is providing Video Conferencing services since 1995. Presently services are available from 640 existing s tudios over NICNET spread across the country including state capitals, districts & union territories. Video Conferencing facilities are being upgraded with state of art technology in all locations by providing a High Definition Video Conferencing systems. VC Services were decentralized by enabling each state Unit to handle its own Multipoint Videoconferencing sessions to meet local and state government requirements. This is one of the largest video conferencing network in the country.

Videoconferencing services are being used for monitoring of various Government Projects, Schemes, Public Grievances, Monitoring of Law and Order, Hearings of RTI cases, Distance Education, Tele-Medicine, monitoring of Election processes, Launching of new schemes and so on. NIC's VC services are regularly being used by Hon'ble President of India, Hon'ble Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of various states, Cabinet Secretary and Chief Secretaries, Chief Information commissioner, Central and State Government Ministers and department Officials across country at all levels. An average of 5000 multisite conferences with more than 1,50,000 site hours of Video Conferencing sessions are being used.
Web Based High Definition VC services has been launched in January'2011 for point to point and multipoint conference over desktops. This can seamlessly integrate with laptops, desktops, tablets, smart phones, room systems and legacy equipment. It can provide true-to-life audio and video synchronization even in low bandwidth environments including Wi-Fi and 3G/4G

High Quality Virtual Classroom has been setup at premier educational in India Institutions over National Knowledge Network (NKN). Under this project a total of 66 Virtual Classrooms have been created at 36 (IITs, NITS, IISERs, IISc. Bangalore, TIFR for Applicable Mathematics, Bangalore, CMI Chennai, NICs etc) Institutions across the country.

EVCS (Executive Video Conferencing System) project in the offices of 81 Secretaries to Government of India, 35 Chief Secretaries/Administrators of States/UTs, 35 Director General of Police of States/UTs. EVCS facilities also has been extended in 23 Chief Post Master General (CPMGs) Office.

Pilot project to provide G2C services over NOFN ( National Optical Fibre Network) is currently under implementation to 59 Gram Panchayats of three Pilot Blocks namely Arain Block (Ajmer District, Rajasthan), Parwada Block (Vishakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh) and Panisagar Block (North Tripura district, Tripura)

Web based point to point/ Multipoint Videoconferencing services for various organisations under Department of Financial Services (DFS). This will facilitate 5000 desktop users of DFS/Banks/PSICs/FIs for effective implementation and monitoring Financial inclusion initiatives.

How Does Videoconferencing Work?

A videoconferencing facility of many elements. Firstly, there is the or the conferencing system, which comes in various types, depending on its application. all conferencing systems use CODEC, which stands for coder Codec is a device, which converts and compresses an analog audio-video is digital data and then sends it over a digital network. The decoder reverses Process at the receiving end.
All videoconferencing systems work in full dup i.e. encoding and decoding of audio-video is done simultaneously in both direction. One can use a number of networks for conducting videoconferencing over w Networks (WAN) such as ISDN lines of satellite based links. It is possible to bandwidth of 128 Kbps for good quality conference.However data rate of may be needed for near TV quality video.

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.

Salient Features of NIC's Videoconferencing Services

Videoconferencing facility in all districts of States.
Offering Videoconferencing services for last 11 years.
Multipoint Videoconferencing capabilities with continuous presence and voice activated capabilities.
Anytime... Anywhere...Mobile Videoconferencing using quick deployable equipment

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.
  • Water Management and Irrigation Information System.
  • Sustainable Development Projects and Programmes for people Below line.
  • Welfare of SC/ST and other Weaker Sections.
  • Welfare of SC/ST and other Weaker Sections.