|The ICT Unit of the institute which was till recently known as the Computer Centre is well equipped with the latest computers and statistical software required for data analysis. The Unit has one main classroom/lab room with 42 Pentium – IV and higher generation computers with three LCD projectors. A second classroom with 16 computers has been established to meet the requirement to run the Short Term courses and regular classes simultaneously. This second classroom is also being used by students and research scholars for their research data entry and analysis.
The software packages installed are SPSS, STATA, Spectrum, Mortpac, GIS, Atlas Ti and ML Win which are used by the research scholars and students for analyzing their data. All the computers are configured for internet access. The ICT Unit has a network attached storage (Nasstor) server which stores the data from Census, NFHS, RCH etc. and one email server for providing the internal email facility to the institute. There are a total 260 desktop computers and eight servers in the institute and the ICT unit looks after providing the services like installation of software, configuration for the internet and local mail access and giving the technical support as and when required.
The ICT Unit has a 2 Mbps Leased Line connection which is distributed among the different users through a Local Area Network. Another 2 Mbps backup line to provide wireless internet facilities has been established and made available to the students in both the hostels. To secure the internet access Fortigate Firewall has been installed.
Prof. M. Guruswamy and Prof. Sayeed Unisa are in-charge of the ICT Unit.
The Data Center of the institute acquired the data set of Census of 1991 and 2001, National Family Health Survey 1, 2 and 3, DLHS (RCH) 1, 2 and 3, Demographic Health Survey (DHS) and National Sample Survey (NSS) data on CD-ROM media, which are available to the researchers. An E-book in the CD-ROM media containing the full papers of DPS/MPS/M.Phill students’ seminar has been prepared and six e-books on topic related to the reproductive health, child and maternal mortality are also prepared. Data sets from National Family Health Survey and DLHS are provided to researchers who request them. Data from the successive rounds of the National Sample Survey conducted by the NSSO is purchased and made available for research.
At present, the users are directly accessing resources such as Demographic data sets and databases, which are stored on the server. Further, server based softwares like GIS and OPAC (Library Information) can be accessed through campus network including the internet. The users can also access Bibliographic Data Bases such as Popline, Jstor, Science Direct, Scopus, etc
The Institute has a website
http://www.iipsindia.org having a storage capacity of 10 GB which has recently been upgraded and redesigned. Information regarding the institute as per UGC norms is being updated regularly on the website and is in the process of being uploaded in Hindi. Efforts are also on to make the website interactive. Steps have been initiated to install an E Governance package to cover the functioning of the various departments of the institute including Accounts and Administration.
Prof. M. Guruswamy and Prof. Sayeed Unisa are in-charge of the Data Center Unit.