17th May 07

Cisco To Create Virtual Classrooms At Bapatla Engineering College
(Andhra Pradesh) With Digital Media System

Provides students access to remote broadcast, viewing of lectures and on-demand materials

Bangalore, May 17, 2007 - Bapatla Engineering College, situated in Bapatla, Guntur District, AP, today announced that it will deploy Cisco Digital Media System to extend the classroom environment and create anywhere, anytime learning experiences. Founded in 1981 and affiliated to the Nagarjuna University, the college is the first educational institute in India to adopt this solution.

Cisco Digital Media System will virtualize the classroom environment with remote broadcast and viewing of lectures and on-demand materials. The college will stream live, sessions conducted by visiting professors and subject matter experts to the classrooms. Lectures can be viewed online in 15 class rooms and 40 e-class rooms simultaneously. The solution will also help the institute to simultaneously record and archive the sessions. This will help the students to refer the sessions at their convenience from their hostel rooms as well. The archived sessions is presented to the students over Cisco Video Portal, a Web-based application that allows students to quickly browse, search, and view digital media interactively.

‘Being a premier institute, we have lectures by several senior professors and subject experts regularly. Providing access to all and archiving these lectures was proving to be a challenge and so we were looking for an E-learning solution that would provide benefits beyond the classroom environment,” says Seshagiri Rao, President, Bapatla Engineering College. “The Cisco Digital Media System provides anywhere, anytime learning experiences not traditionally available to all students and thus delivers its benefits beyond the classroom environment.”

‘Although video offers a powerful way to communicate with and educate students, colleges have struggled with how to effectively deploy high-quality video to the desktop. IT departments worry about the impact of video on network quality, reliability, and availability,’ says Jagdish Mahapatra, Regional Manager (West)-Commercial, Cisco India & SAARC. “Cisco Digital Media System is a solution that integrates rich digital media creation, management and access, for communications anywhere, anytime. The Cisco Digital Media System takes advantage of Cisco’s best practices from more than a decade of video and internet initiatives.”

Cisco is partnering with its Premier Partner Shell Networks to deploy Cisco Digital Media System at Bapatla Engineering College. The DMS solution to be deployed includes Cisco Media Encoder 2000, Cisco Digital Media Mgr Base V4.0, Cisco Video Portal V4.0, Cisco Wide Area Application Engine 512, Cisco IP Conference Station and Cisco License Call Manager 5.1. The system is expected to be deployed and go online by July 2007.

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About Bapatla Engineering College
The Bapatla Engineering College, one of the six educational institutions sponsored by the Bapatla Education Society, was established in 1981 with affiliation to Acharya Nagarjuna University. This college is one of the 17 colleges out of nearly 240 Engineering Colleges in Andhra Pradesh, which is accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi. The college has been selected as a Network Institute for the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) of the Ministry of Human Resources Development and the World Bank.

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