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Videoconferencing is to conduct ameetingbetween two or more participants at different sites by usingcomputernetworksby transmitting audio,videoand data. Videoconferencing services are being provided by National Informatics Centre since 1995.

Videoconferencing Services over NICNET:

Presently, services are available across the country over NICNET including state capitals, districts, Union territories, CS offices, Governors offices, Secretaries to GOI etc. Videoconferencing facilities are being upgraded with the state of art technology in all locations by providing High Definition Videoconferencing 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 Videoconferencing network in the country.

Key features of NIC’s Videoconferencing facilities:

  • Offering Videoconferencing services over NICNET since 1995.
  • Largest Videoconferencing network in India consisting of more than 1400 dedicated Videoconferencing Studios over NICNET covering all State Capitals & UTs, all districts, Raj Bhawans, Ministries, Courts and Jails, CPMFs, DGPs, CPMGs, Cabinet Secretary, Secretaries to GOI, CS offices etc.
  • 42 MCUs across country & has largest Multipoint Videoconferencing capability of up to 500 sites.
  • Offering High Quality and High Definition Videoconferencing at speeds up to 4 Mbps.
  • Total 66 High End Virtual Classrooms established over NKN (IITs, NITs, IISc, IISERs etc.) and 400 e-Classrooms.
  • NIC provides Cloud based desktop videoconferencing services to more than 20,000 users with more than 3,00,000 hours of VC usage annually.
  • Seamless integration of NIC VC services with various public networks.
  • Seamless integration of NIC’s Cloud based desktop VC services with H.323 VC systems.
  • Videoconferencing Services integrated with NICNET Video streaming and webcasting services. Recording facility also available.
  • Hon’ble President of India has used this facility twice in a year for addressing to students and faculty of CUs, IITs, NITs & all institutions of higher studies as well as for addressing to the Governors of India.
  • This is used by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India every month for reviewing of national projects under PRAGATI. Hon’blePrime Minister has presided over 38 PRAGATI VC sessions till March,2018.
  • Average utilization of 25000 Video meetings, over 5 Lakhs Studio hours of VC usage per year.

Important Users of NIC’s Videoconferencing Services

  • President of India
  • Prime Minister of India
  • Governors / Lt Governors
  • Union Ministers and Departments
  • Cabinet Secretariat / Secretaries to Government of India / Chief Secretaries of States/UTs
  • Various senior officers of Central / State Governments
  • Courts & Jails (e-court)
  • Central Information Commission (CIC) / State Information Commissions
  • Election Commission of India

Desktop Videoconferencing

Web Based High Definition VC services were launched in January'2011 for point to point and multipoint conference over desktop.

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 3G/4G.

NIC has executed the following major projects to extend the videoconferencing services:

  • High Quality Virtual Classroom has been setup at premier educational in India Institutions over National Knowledge Network (NKN).
  • 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.
  • 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).

Benefits of Videoconferencing Services provided by NIC

Role in Education

Educational institutes on NKN are connected though studio based and web based videoconferencing services provided by NIC VC division. In Madhya Pradesh, schools and colleges are using web based videoconferencing services on regular basis. Selected teachers from all across the state conduct classes which are attended by students from remote villages virtually.

Impact on Health Sector

Many medical institutions & hospitals are connected via NIC videoconferencing which benefits their students and professionals. Seminars, demos & trainings are conducted which can be viewed live or recorded for training purposes.

Role in Courts & Jails

Videoconferencing has allowed various court hearings to be done virtually without the need of any of the parties to be present physically.
CIC is hearing cases on a daily basis using NIC Videoconferencing facility.

Extensive Use by various Ministries of Govt. Of India, state governments and other government departments

NIC VC Division is providing videoconferencing services to various ministries, departments, state governments & other government officials on a daily basis all across India.