A three-day workshop on “Building Small Office Networks” was inaugurated by Dr Gaurav Trivedi, Assistant Professor & Co PI, E & ICT Academy, IIT Guwahati at the Regional Institute of Science & Technology (RIST), on the outskirts of Guwahati, on Friday. The workshop, organised by E&ICT Academy, IIT Guwahati, is an initiative of MeitY, Govt of India. It is being conducted in association with Department of Computer Science & Engineering RIST and supported by Techvictus Consultancy Services, New Delhi.
In his inaugural speech, Dr Trivedi said, “This workshop is a part of a series of events that are being conducted across the region to fulfil the objectives of the Prime Minister’s twin initiatives for skilling and digitalising India.” He said that the goal of IIT was not only to progress for itself but also to take the North Eastern region forward in the path of progress. He said, “This time we are doing this workshop for the students, next time we will conduct a programme for the teachers also.”
CV Samba Murthy, Director, Techvictus Consultancy Services, who is coordinating the sessions of the workshop said, “When building a small office network, the two most essential pieces of equipment one needs are switches and routers. Though they look similar, the two devices perform different functions in a network.” He explained, while switches connect multiple devices (computers, printers, servers) on the same network within a building or campus, the routers tie multiple networks together.
Feroza Haque, Programme Manager, Electronics & ICT Academy, IIT-G exhorted the participants that when building a small office network, it’s important to determine the best foundation for a company’s needs. Investment, she stated, must be made in business-grade switches and routers for reliable communications. Consumer or home networking products can’t keep pace with the challenges of business growth,” she added.
Earlier, in his welcome speech, Ajmal H Barbhuiya, Academic Registrar, USTM placed on record the immense contribution IIT was making for the development of the region with special reference to the service and support they were extending to the young research scholars of the North East. Dr UK Sarma, Executive Director, RIST, also spoke on the occasion. The inaugural session came to an end with the formal vote of thanks offered by Jainul Abedin, HoD, Computer Sc Department, RIST.