NIC is providing Video Conferencing services since 1995. Presently services are available from 640 existing studios over NICNET spread across the country including state capitals, districts & union territories. Video Conferencing facilities are being upgraded with state of art technology in all locations by providing a High Definition Video Conferencing systems. VC Services were decentralized by enabling each state Unit to handle its own Multipoint Videoconferencing sessions to meet local and state government requirements. This is one of the largest video conferencing network in the country.
Videoconferencing services are being used for monitoring of various Government Projects, Schemes, Public Grievances, Monitoring of Law and Order, Hearings of RTI cases, Distance Education, Tele-Medicine, monitoring of Election processes, Launching of new schemes and so on. NIC's VC services are regularly being used by Hon'ble President of India, Hon'ble Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of various states, Cabinet Secretary and Chief Secretaries, Chief Information commissioner, Central and State Government Ministers and department Officials across country at all levels. An average of 5000 multisite conferences with more than 1,50,000 site hours of Video Conferencing sessions are being used.
Web Based High Definition VC services has been launched in January'2011 for point to point and multipoint conference over desktops. This can seamlessly integrate with laptops, desktops, tablets, smart phones, room systems and legacy equipment. It can provide true-to-life audio and video synchronization even in low bandwidth environments including Wi-Fi and 3G/4G
NIC also has executed the following major projects to extend the VC services :
High Quality Virtual Classroom has been setup at premier educational in India Institutions over National Knowledge Network (NKN). Under this project a total of 66 Virtual Classrooms have been created at 36 (IITs, NITS, IISERs, IISc. Bangalore, TIFR for Applicable Mathematics, Bangalore, CMI Chennai, NICs etc) Institutions across the country.
EVCS (Executive Video Conferencing System) project in the offices of 81 Secretaries to Government of India, 35 Chief Secretaries/Administrators of States/UTs, 35 Director General of Police of States/UTs. EVCS facilities also has been extended in 23 Chief Post Master General (CPMGs) Office.
Pilot project to provide G2C services over NOFN ( National Optical Fibre Network) is currently under implementation to 59 Gram Panchayats of three Pilot Blocks namely Arain Block (Ajmer District, Rajasthan), Parwada Block (Vishakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh) and Panisagar Block (North Tripura district, Tripura)
Web based point to point/ Multipoint Videoconferencing services for various organisations under Department of Financial Services (DFS). This will facilitate 5000 desktop users of DFS/Banks/PSICs/FIs for effective implementation and monitoring Financial inclusion initiatives.