Press Esc to close
Friday 31 October 2014
News updated at 1:56 AM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Colleges find order on mandatory websites fishy

Bangalore, Shruthi H M, Oct 3, 2013, dhns:

Encouraging colleges to adopt technology for transparency in administration, it seems, has come as an opportunity for developing potential family business in the Department of Technical Education (DTE).

The department recently issued a circular to all the technical institutes in the state, including polytechnics and engineering colleges, directing them to create a website for their institution. It mandated colleges to continuously update the website and put in place an 'Integrated Educational Management Information System,’ as per which, colleges have to upload details of admission, examination, curriculum and other administrative details. The institutions have to ensure a “paperless office,” the circular stated.

Further, the colleges were asked to make use of the 'library fund' for the expenses incurred for website design, domain name registration, web space and web hosting. The website has to be formatted in the prescribed manner that would help the department to link the colleges' websites to its own. For those who already have their websites, related information was to be sent to the joint director of the department. Any college that did not create a website would be liable for action. The circular has been issued on the basis of an AICTE direction in April.

Promotional mail


But, what followed this circular raised suspicion among college principals. Soon after this direction, principals received a mail by a Bangalore-based IT company, SHLR Technosoft, advertising its services for website hosting and design. (A copy of the mail is available with Deccan Herald). The mail was sent to principals of about 300 colleges. It reads: “We are a leading hosting and design company in India. We are (sic) design and hosting your college/institute web site (sic) with the best price.” The features offered being unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth among others. It turned out that the company is managed by Ravi Talawar, son of DTE Director H U Talawar.

College managements wondered how the company got hold of their email ids.
“Obviously,  it was a case of misuse of power. The company could not have got mail access to all the colleges without official support,” principal of a polytechnic in Bangalore told Deccan Herald, requesting anonymity. Some principals said there was no need for them to outsource website hosting, with most of them having fully-functional computer science departments. Colleges would also want to give their students the experience of designing the website, they added.

‘Nothing wrong’

But, Ravi Talawar did not see anything wrong in it.

“Have we forced them to subscribe to our services? We are just like any other competitors in the market. We try to offer our best price for customers. As long as the department has not forced this on anyone, there is nothing wrong in it,” he said. For government colleges, the company is offering the service at Rs 3,000 per annum and charging Rs 500 as domain registration charge. The price for private colleges would be more, beginning from Rs 5,000.

Incidentally, it was Ravi Talwar who designed the software for the Karnataka Examinations Authority’s online admissions this year. He claimed he had offered it for free to the government.

The company has already received offers from five colleges for website creation, he stated. Some of the colleges that already have a website sent their details to the department a month ago and, they have not heard from them ever since.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Security personnel patrol a street after a protest by the supporters of Jammu and Kashmir...

Security personnel patrol a street after a protest by the supporters of Jammu and Kashmir...

India A players Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey during a practice match against Sri Lanka...

India A players Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey during a practice match against Sri Lanka...

Indian Air Force officers arrive at the Gateway of India after swimming for a distance...

Indian Air Force officers arrive at the Gateway of India after swimming for a distance...

The Navy hovercraft carrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Sagar Island...

The Navy hovercraft carrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Sagar Island...

A Rajasthani herder with his cows in Gurgaon...

A Rajasthani herder with his cows in Gurgaon...

Devotees wait for the Sun to offer prayers, during Chhath Puja festival in Agra...

Devotees wait for the Sun to offer prayers, during Chhath Puja festival in Agra...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture on Black Money with a message...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture on Black Money with a message...

BJP workers arrange the cut-outs of party symbol (lotus) to decorate the boats at the Marine...

BJP workers arrange the cut-outs of party symbol (lotus) to decorate the boats at the Marine...

A police man investigates the tunnel dug up by the robbers in Gohana bank heist, in Sonipat...

A police man investigates the tunnel dug up by the robbers in Gohana bank heist, in Sonipat...

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan sweeps in a stree during a cleanliness drive as a part...

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan sweeps in a stree during a cleanliness drive as a part...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523