Super Computer worth Rs 5 crore locked in varsity library for six years!

Sagar (Madhya Pradesh): The Dr Harisingh Gour Central University here had bought a super computer worth Rs 4.65 crore in 2013. The computer, called IBM Power 755, manufactured by US-based International Business Machines (IBM) was imported from America.

However, since then, the machine is lying locked in a room of the library of the University. What the staffers know about the machine is hilarious: “When it is turned on, colouful bulbs light up,” an employees explained to this correspondent.

No clue

Why the machine was bought by the university is anybody’s guess as it has no plans on how to put it to use, neither does it run any course in which a super computer can prove useful. There is no teacher or technical staffer of the university who knows how to operate it.

R.P. Tiwari, vice-chancellor of the University said that the Super Computer was procured before he took charge. “I don’t known why it was bought but we will soon be using it for automating the administrative processes of the university and for cloud computing,” he said.

CBI probe

Interestingly, after complaint that money had changed hands in the purchase of the machine, the CBI had registered an FIR in 2014. However, the case was closed in 2016 as the key accused Prof RS Kasana, the then head of the computer science department and the then registrar Anup Keshavdeo Pujari had passed away during the pendency of the probe.