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Labs and Centres of Excellence

The Cyber Security Lab

The Cyber Security Lab contains 16 specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems such that Fedora, Kali Linux, Ubuntu 15, Windows X, etc. and virtualisation as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components. The laboratories play a vital role in the group's research and development work. The lab is equipped with the latest tools like Nessus, Wireshark, Hping, etc. NU researchers use these tools and modern techniques at the forefront of cyber security research.

Data Science and Simulation Lab

The Data Science and Simulation Lab contains 28 specifically customised PCs configured with Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu 12 operating system and virtualization as well as specialized server such that Microsoft SQL, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware devices like projectors, routers, etc. and software components like NS2, JAVA, ORACLE VM Ware. The computer systems are enabled with Intel Core i3 & Pentium Dual Core processor and 8GB & 2GB RAM. The laboratories play a vital role in the group's research and development work. Within the lab, you will be working with the latest tools like Microsoft Visual Studio C/C++ 8. For simulation experiments simulation software MATLAB and R are installed in all the systems. Also, in order to perform Big Data Analytics, Hadoop is installed in a cluster mode, student researchers perform various experiments using both stand-alone mode (where same machine acts as server and client) and cluster mode getting insights into HDFS, map-reduce programming, and doing data analytics on large data sets, evaluating the scalability of machine learning algorithms with respect to Big Data, etc.

Advanced VLSI lab

The Advanced VLSI Lab is equipped with 30 PCs and modern FPGA boards for digital IC design and testing. LTSPICE, an open source tool is used to simulate analog circuits. All PCs are well configured with latest Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for architectural design and testing of ICs. The Laboratory facilitates low power, high frequency and area optimized architecture design and development. Undergraduate get to work with the latest-in-the-industry tools while post-graduate and research students conduct their research work in the lab.

Digital Signal Processing Lab

The DSP Lab supports teaching and research work in the field of Signal Processing and Communications. The Lab is equipped with TMS320C6745 kit with IDE – Code Composer Studio and an efficient optimizing C/C ++ compiler. The Lab exposes students to various Algorithms and Simulation tools for design and realization of Digital Filters using FFT. Students are given thorough practice on MATLAB – Version R 2016 Signal Processing Tool box is installed on 15 customized PCs configured with multiple operating systems such as Ubuntu 15, Windows 8. The Lab is equipped with signal generators, oscilloscopes (25 MHz, 2 channel), DSO (50 MHz, 1 G Sa/sec) and logic analyzers.

Microcontroller and Embedded Systems Lab

The Microcontroller and Embedded Lab contains 20 customized PCs configured with multiple operating systems such as Ubuntu 15, Windows 8, etc. Development environments such as MPLAB IDE, MDK 5 -the KEIL embedded tool for ARM are installed on every system. The lab also contains customized kits to do programming in different microcontroller architectures such as 8051, PIC as well as high-end processors such as ARM. The lab also has electronic equipment such as Logic Analyzers, Digital Storage oscilloscope, etc. which are commonly used in Embedded Systems Design & Development.

Antenna and Microwave Propagation Lab

The Antenna and Microwave Propagation Lab is equipped with Microwave Benches for students and researchers to work on. Students are exposed to various Microwave active devices such as Reflex klystron and Gunn Diode and the full range of passive devices – Wave guides, directional couplers, E–Plane tee, H-Plane Tee, Magic Tee, Isolator, Circulator, Attenuator, Tunable probe, Moveable short, Terminations.In addition, students perform measurements on the Radiation pattern of a variety of antennas – Simple dipole, Folded dipole, Yagi-Uda, Hertz, Zeppelin, Log periodic, Loop, Rhombus, Ground plane, Slot and Helix. Studies are also performed on Impedance and Polarisationbehaviour of these antennas. The lab is equipped with signal generators, oscilloscopes, VSWR meters and power meters. The lab is used by researchers working in the area of efficient antenna design.

Wireless Communication Lab

The wireless communication lab contains 15 customized PCs configured with multiple operating systems such as Ubuntu 15, Windows 8, etc. MATLAB is installed on every system. The lab contains toolsfor wireless networking using protocols such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN and BLE to conduct research work. The lab is also equipped with kits to demonstrate CDMA, Digital Modulation Techniques and Spread Spectrum Modulation Technology to students.

Educational Technology Innovation Centre – ETIC

The Educational Technology Innovation Centre (ETIC) at NIIT University is a state-of-the-art technology-driven centre of excellence for industries and enterprises to collaborate on research initiatives. The centre is a platform for nurturing budding research scholars at NU while participating in challenging and exciting projects. ETIC acts as an incubator of ideas and novel practices in Knowledge and Technology Transformation. With a rich resource base of new media technologies and information processing interventions, the Centre provides opportunities to strengthen learning processes and ensure effective outcomes.

ETIC enables the creation of a resource pool of innovative research scholars who shall provide the distinctive character to the University’s vision of being the University of the Future. Along with live projects that are rolled out from time-to-time, students can come forward with their own ideas and projects and get a space and direction to make those ideas become a reality. Students working on R&D Projects and other ETIC initiatives shall be designated as ‘Information Research Innovators’ and shall be proud ambassadors of the University’s technology drive.

At the root of the ET innovation at ETIC is the symbiotic information processing synergy researched by the ET Area, NU between

  1. Teacher belief in networking view of information processing in human brain and, accordingly, constructivist view of learning,
  2. Implementation of value creating work – learning linking pedagogy in institution classroom and industry workplace, as the case may be, so as to address opportunities of metacognitive learning, and
  3. Use of convergence technology (CT) enabled ET (ET for short) for delivery of brain aligned instruction for amazing learning outcomes.

Centre of Excellence in Banking & Finance – COEBF

The Centre of Excellence in Banking & Finance tries to realise the University’s Core Principle of ‘Industry-linked’ by forging meaningful alliances with banks. Its objective is to offer industry relevant and high quality management and executive development courses in the area of banking, finance and managerial excellence both to the fresh entrants to the field and persons already employed or engaged with the sector. It will also use Educational Technology to offer seamless executive education for reskilling the executives.

Activities of COE:

The programme to be initially offered by the COE is Advanced Bank Management Programme for executives (graduates with 5 years’ experience in the sector) working in the banking and finance sector with the objective of building up managerial capabilities as the sector is likely to, shortly witness talent shortages in the middle management. This will be a 6 month Post Graduate Certificate Course. The course will be offered in a blend of campus and virtual classes in major centres using educational technology – a core area of research at NIIT University. The COEBF will showcase the use of “Education Technology” and “Banking Technology”. The Centre will take up sponsored research and encourage research in the banking and finance area. It will seek support of industry and philanthropists for establishment of chairs. It will publish e-newsletter and books on banking and finance and bank management.

The COE will also offer:

  • Short-duration certificate courses in the area of Big Data and Business Analytics, Risk Management, etc. The University has relationships with institutions like IBM and also access to internationally reputed professors with whose help high quality short duration courses will be offered.
  • Customised programmes/courses to banks, NBFCs and Financial institutions
  • Management Development Programmes
  • MBA in Banking and Finance
  • MBA in Banking Technology
  • Special Management courses for SME and Entrepreneurs with a focus on finance and management.

NU-Microsoft Innovation Centre

NU started its formal relationship with Microsoft from 2013 to participate in Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) Programme. The MIC programme gives an opportunity to NU students to access a huge library of Microsoft software tools and products. NU students also get access to online training material dealing with currently prevalent technologies.

One of the main charters of MIC is to nurture the innovation and entrepreneurial skills in students. We organise events where students pitch their innovative product/business ideas and get feedback from industry and academic expert to build innovative products. Each year students showcase Apps/products developed by them. They not only get encouragement from NU leadership and industry experts but also win exciting prizes like Windows tablets and mobile phones. Student innovators have developed apps using different technologies for a wide category of areas including GPS, Games, Social, Business, etc.

Several teams of undergraduate student researchers and innovators have participated in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition to showcase innovative applications. The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a student technology competition that saw over 9500 students participating from 23 states in 2016. NIIT University’s third year B.Tech CSE students were the First Runners-Up at Microsoft Imagine Cup 2016. Their Smartbin solution to today’s mountains of garbage that our country produces got a special mention at the award ceremony. Smartbin is based on Internet of Things or IoT technology. NU Student team’s Smartbin idea secured the prize in the Innovation category.

In 2015, two students reached the national final level in the Imagine Cup competition.

MIC also conducts many interesting events, competitions and student fests. Technical Quiz, Ideathon (to make a pitch for the business product idea) and Kill that Bug, (competition to identify bugs in programmes) are some examples. An exciting and interesting event with Xbox gaming devices was also organised in the students’ fest – Ingenuity, by the MIC.