NEGROS Occidental-based Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) has received a grant worth about P23 million for its "smart campus" development project from the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).
CHMSC Director for External Affairs Rhoderick Samonte, on the sidelines of the virtual turnover Thursday, June 24, 2021, said the school is pleased that amid the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) global pandemic, it is one of the four state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country to be given such grant.
"This is a real boost to our journey towards becoming a state university, as well as to our vision of becoming a leading green institution of higher learning in the global community by 2030," he added.
The Smart Campus Development Project will focus on a system-wide development of the information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure of all our four campuses.
These are its Alijis and Fortune Towne Campuses in Bacolod City, Binalbagan Campus in the said town, and the Main Campus in Talisay City.
Samonte said the main feature of the project is the total replacement of CHMSC's internet cables and connection from the current copper cables to full-blown fiber optic.
It also includes procurement of upgraded network appliances and equipment to enable the school to offer high-speed voice, video, and data service; decrease network traffic; reduce access latency; and widen the internet access and coverage across our four campuses for the benefit of all the students, faculty and staff.
Samonte said to sustain and maximize the lifespan of the network appliances, the infrastructure shall be housed in a secure and airconditioned environment with uninterrupted and regulated power supply in all of the campuses.
This will help, he said, reshape how their students study, how they learn, what they learn, and how they interact with their fellow learners and their teachers and mentors under a better normal.
Samonte said that through the Smart Campus Development Project, the school envisions to provide a more effective and efficient centralized framework that links systems and makes it easy to teach, learn and do things better.
"For this, we are extremely grateful to the Commission on Higher Education headed by Chair Prospero de Vera III and to Commissioner Aldrin Darilag who chairs our Board of Trustees," he added.