The central server of the University Of Kashmir (KU) that crashed two days back may put the career of hundreds of students and applicants in jeopardy as the varsity has lost most of the data.
KU has already postponed all the exams creating inconvenience to the students and applicants.
“They are doing it under the garb of maintenance of its website,” sources in KU said.
“The university does not have any data left and only the examination data is intact,” the sources said adding, “The data regarding fee data, registration data and award rolls all has gone.”
They said the mirror server of the varsity had also crashed erasing the data.
The sources said that the data of the two e-governance projects of Rs 4 crore and Rs 7 crore had also been erased.
They said the KU officials had sent a member of its IT team to Delhi to learn how to retrieve the data.
Meanwhile, the e-governance site of the varsity egov.vok.edu.in is also dysfunctional.
However, the technology experts at KU have been able to restore the home page of the website but the e-governance is gone, the sources said.
They said the KU authorities were now asking individual departments if they had any backup data.
“It is funny that KU is the only institution, which does not have a backup data,” the sources said. “The technology experts in the past had asked the KU authorities to provide equipment for the backup but the demands were put down.”
The sources said the mirror server of the KU had also crashed.
KU’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Showkat Shafi admitted that the website had been offline.
“We are on it and have been joined by IT experts from Delhi who will very soon restart it,” he said.
KU’s IT Head Maroof Qadri said the hardware of the central server of the university had failed and KU needed to switch them off.
“The server purchased from the HP is under warranty and we had to register a complaint with the company for getting the server hardware replaced,” he said.
Qadri said the technical staff of HP had reached KU and replaced the server hardware.
“The central server is up and running now,” he said.
Qadri said KU technical staff takes the backup of the material every two hours and the database of the students had been recovered.
“Every information for the students will be online by tomorrow and everything else is already online,” he said. “We escalated the complaints to the company and they got things installed.”