IBM initiative to see virtual computing labs in 3 varsities

IBM initiative to see virtual computing labs in 3 varsities

Bangalore: As a part of a global initiative aimed at finding better qualified hires for the information technology industry, IBM Corp. plans to start Virtual Computing Labs in three Indian universities.

Amrita Vidyapeeth, Uttar Pradesh Technical University, and University of Hyderabad, will be provided high-end servers and storage by IBM that can link students and teachers.

The Labs should be operational by early 2008.

IBM said it will invest $100,000 (Rs40 lakh) to provide the technology infrastructure.

“IBM alone cannot solve all the problems, but collaboration of this kind at the academic level will help in fostering research in key areas," says Louis Masi, director, University & Innovation Programs at IBM.

Once operational, some 20,000 students and faculty in India can collaborate across the globe on projects related to IT infrastructure management, development of open source tools, and development of image library, the company said.

So far, some 60,000 students in North Carolina are connected by the virtual computing initiative.

Commenting on the development, Amol B. Mahamuni, program director, IBM India University Relations, said: “The idea was to create a backbone of computing resources across the length of India, that’s why we have chosen a varsity each in the south, north and central part of India. These colleges also qualified based on their IT skill and technology infrastructure already in place."

To develop business and IT skills, IBM also plans to offer a free dowloadable video game called Innov8.

New Delhi: A subsidiary of India’s largest developer DLF Ltd, DLF Home Developers Ltd has entered into an agreement with Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of the Kuala Lumpur-based Columbia Asia Group of Hospitals for the development of hospitals.

Under the agreement, DLF Home Developers would construct hospitals designed by Columbia Asia on land located within the townships developed by DLF, according to a company statement. DLF Home Developers would then lease the land and hospital buildings to Columbia Asia.

The partnership would allow Columbia Asia to leverage the experience of DLF in the development and construction of commercial properties, the statement added. Columbia Asia Hospitals runs a hospital in Bangalore. Shabana Hussain

NDTV to invest $110 mn in its Hindi channel

Mumbai: Media group NDTV Ltd will invest around $110 million (Rs432 crore) to launch its Hindi general entertainment channel, NDTV Imagine. The new channel will go on air in January next year.

“It should take around $60-80 million of investments in production, distribution and marketing in the first year. We expect to break even in the next 18-24 months," said Sameer Nair, chief executive, NDTV Imagine.

The company is planning a nationwide marketing campaign for the next two months, which will involve print, outdoor, mobile and other multimedia tools.

The new channel, in which noted film director and producer Karan Johar of Dharma Productions Pvt. Ltd has a minority stake, plans to go global within six months of its launch. The markets it is likely to enter include West Asia, South Asia, and the UK among others.

NDTV Imagine claims to have a different content approach compared with other mass entertainment channels available today.

New entrants in the general entertainment space include INX Media Pvt. Ltd’s ‘9X’ and UTV Software Communication Ltd’s ‘Bindass’.Sagar Malviya