Gurugram: Amity University Haryana has recently started MTech Course in Defence Technology and there is great amount of zeal & enthusiasm among the very first batch of young students. Besides, the real core technical knowledge being imparted to these budding scientists, some senior retired Defence Services Officers namely, Major General GS Bal (Retd), Dean Students Welfare and Rear Admiral Kishan K Pandey (Retd) AVSM, VSM, Director – HR & Amity Academic Staff College have familiarized these students with various facets of Army and Naval War fare requirements, as part of the Orientation program.
In order to provide first-hand experience of the State-Of-The-Art facility of the Indian Navy, the Science & Technology students of Amity University Haryana were taken to the Indian Navy’s Fusion Centre called Information Management & Analysis Centre (IMAC).
Post 26/11, the Indian Navy had created National Command Control & Communications Intelligence Network (NC3IN) to connect 51 Indian Navy and Coast Guard Stations across 7500 kms of Coast Line as also, Island Territory of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep& Minicoy.
The network comprises of dedicated OFC with security overlays and dedicated satellite links as backup. In order to monitor nearly 1 Lakh ships passing through Indian Ocean Region on daily basis, inputs from various sources viz. radars, space & terrestrial AIS, VTMS, world ship registry as also opto-electronic inputs from shore stations are taken and fused comprehensive data is projected live on a huge data wall, through the use highly sophisticated software. This Information Management & Analysis Centre is manned 24×7 at Gurugram and Information flows on real time amongst 51 nodes, including Naval War-rooms and Naval / Coast Guard Operations-rooms.
Further, the linkage has been provided to 25 foreign Maritime Centres for a holistic and better comprehensive picture of activities happening at Sea, which is vital for any Country’s Sovereignty as well as Blue Economy of the Nation.
The MTech Defence Technology Students of AUH were given an opportunity to visit the IMAC and IFC-IOR, Indian Navy. The students were accompanied by and under the guidance of Director HR, AUH-Rear Admiral K. K. Pandey (Retd), AVSM VSM along with other faculty members including Dr. Shalini B. Bajaj- Director ASET, AUH,Dr. Anil Mishra, Professor (CSE), AUH, Mr Manish Naagar, AP-1, ASE, ASET, AUH, Mr Manoj K. Pandey, AP-1, ECE, ASET, AUH.
The visit allowed the members of the delegation to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the aspects of Indian Navy and the role and responsibilities of Information Fusion Center- India Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) and Information Management and Analysis Center (IMAC) in safeguarding national coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India.Looking at the success and utility part of the Indian Navy’s Fusion Centre, as many as 11 foreign Navies have deputed their uniform Liaison Officers on a permanent basis with this Centre. Exposure to this range of experiences could only be achieved as a result of a very well-orchestrated program. The visit was well coordinated and conducted in an exemplary manner under the able leadership of Captain Mohanty, Director.
The AUH thanked the entire team of IMAC for developing and coordinating a visit program that ensured exposure and enriching insights to a wide range of personnel, systems and leaving the members confident in the leadership and organisation. Amity University Haryana has also proposed to the Indian Navy for any possible tie-up for developing any particular software for further enhancing the capabilities of the existing State-Of-The-Art IMAC.