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As technological advances are introduced in education, the promise and potential of IT in enhancing learning is very bright. Educational institutions are getting smarter. Technology is changing the way faculties teach and students learn. It enables one to spend less time setting up learning frameworks and more time on actual learning. Investing in technology has become an imperative in imparting complete education and spreading literacy.

In the education sector, IT enabled applications find implementation in various departments ranging from back offices, labs, online courses and tests, e-learning in multimedia enabled classrooms to remote classroom training via VC. Library management systems for issuing books, BMS for ensuring security and customized softwares for recruitment, payroll and accounting in the office administration are few examples where IT facilitates effective management. Other than this, fee payments, online registration for examinations and academic courses and online sessions in computer labs and auditoriums are also a few areas which require a robust IT infrastructure.

As an example we can look at the IT lab setup in schools. In this environment, all the students need access to computers and the instructor needs to be able to access all the student’s computers and view them at his desk or on the overhead projector. It is also important to remove the computers from the classroom to improve security and improve the environment in the classroom by removing the noise and heat generated by the workstations.

Key issues:

  • Management of servers and back racked workstations
  • Software distribution and remote firmware updating
  • Maintaining security and access control
  • Protection from internal threats
  • Back racking