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Students on Jadavpur University’s main campus will soon be able to listen to lectures being delivered on the Salt Lake campus. JU on Thursday launched video-conferencing facility to connect the two campuses.

Interim vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarty said model classrooms would soon be set up so that both postgraduate and undergraduate students benefit from video-conferencing.

Committee room number 1, the Technology Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQUIP) building and the metallurgy department on the main campus and the construction engineering and power engineering departments and the committee room on the Salt Lake campus are being wired up, said Pradip Ghosh, the registrar of the university.

“In the first phase, we will introduce video-conferencing in postgraduate classes. The facility would later be extended to the undergraduate level. We are in the process of selecting rooms that can be turned into model classrooms,” Chakrabarty said.

The video-conferencing facility would be accessible from six locations at a time once the multi-channel networking programme is installed, said an official of the university’s system administration department.

“It was simultaneously tested at three locations on the two campuses on the first day. But, eventually, six locations would be connected at a time,” Chakrabarty said.

The first phase of the project, the implementation of which was monitored by the human resource and development ministry, ended last year.

“We faced some technical hazards. Once we were able to work out a solution, the university decided to install the facility,” said Siddhartha Dutta, the pro-vice chancellor of JU.

“We would also be able to access lectures of professors on campuses outside JU. Our alumni teach in institutes across the world. We will get in touch with them so that they can address the students through video conference,” JU registrar Pradip Ghosh said.

The university also plans to conduct campus interviews through video conferencing, an official attached with the placement cell said. “These days many companies prefer to conduct interviews through video conference. Now the facility will be available at JU,” the official said.

The facility would also be used while interviewing teachers during recruitment. “Overseas applicants would be interviewed through video conference,” the official said.