Domain Requisition Template

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Doc Type: INFO

Doc Number: 001 Jan 1995


1. Introduction:



Every IP host on the Internet has a distinct IP address and a distinct domain name associated with it. These two disti- nct labels associated with a Internet host need to be mapped onto each other. A domain name such as "" should map onto an IP address such as "". Such a service is provided by the Domain Name System (DNS). The DNS is a set of protocols and databases. The protocols define the syntax and semantics for a query language to ask questions about information located by DNS-style names. The databases are distributed and replicated. There is no dependence on a single central server, and each part of the database is provided in at least two servers.

The allocation of IP addresses and domain names are centrally done. There is a specific registration process involved. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is the central Internet authority that allocates IP addresses and domain names through the InterNIC. The allocations are either directly done by the InterNIC or by regional registries to whom the registration and allocation functions have been delegated. The RIPE NCC takes care of the allocations and registry in Europe and in the Asia Pacific region by the APNIC. (Note that definitions of Europe and the Asia Pacific in this context are not as per the existing political boundaries.) The InterNIC takes care of all else.

The top-level domains in the DNS are EDU, COM, GOV, MIL, ORG, INT, and NET, and all the 2-letter country codes from the list of countries in ISO-3166 (Ref Appendix). In other countries, everything is registered under the 2-letter country code, often with some subdivision. For example, in Korea (KR) the second level names are AC for academic community, CO for commercial, GO for government, and RE for research.

India has a top level domain IN as listed in the ISO-3166. The second level subdomains registered under the IN domain are ERNET for the academic and research network, NIC for the government’s network, NET for Internet Service Providers, RES for the research community, AC for the academic community, CO for commercial organisations and GOV for government offices and machinery. The IN domain administration is done by the National Centre for Software Technology, Bombay ( The IN domain will be solely managed by the Domain Registrar until either the registration activity is delegated to subdomains or there are seperate Domain Registrars for each (or a set) of domains.

2. Domain Naming

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The third level subdomain provides the space for registering organisation names or organisation acronyms. Some typical patterns that can result are detailed below.


<org_name>.<org_category>.IN -


Each organisation will register a domain as above. The

organisation can then plan it’s own subdomain hierarchy under

the registered domain. For eg., a commercial organisation

SOMEORG registers a domain The organisation

then subdivides the domain space under this registered domain

based on divison names resulting in domain names like Publicity Division Finance Division Support Division


The hostnames will then be prefixed to these domain names to

yield names like


For every registration made, an entry will be made in the DNS. A DNS server will be required to be run by every organisation if they have high speed Internet connectivity.

3. Domain Registration

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Domain name registration requests will be entertained only if your organisation has a valid IP address or has applied for one.

To register your domain, obtain the form electronically from Fill up the form and mail it back to the same address. Alternately, you can retrieve it from URLs gopher:// OR ftp://soochak.ncst.

The form, on receipt at will be circulated within a review group and you will be contacted for clarifications/ name clashes, if any. If there are none, then you will be allocated your domain name and intimated.

Upon registration, you are required to run a DNS server if you have high speed Internet connectivity (atleast a 64 Kbps leased data circuit). The NS entries will then be made into the primary name-server (for .IN domain) by NCST.

The domain registration services are not charged at the moment and are being run on a voluntary basis. Soon enough, every registration will attract a charge. The charge will cover the registration costs and the cost of providing the secondary nameserver service and the registration information services.

4. References



[1] Stahl, M., "Domain Administrators Guide", RFC 1032, SRI

International, November 1987.

[2] Lottor, M., "Domain Administrators Operations Guide" RFC

1033, SRI International, November 1987.

[3] Mockapetris, P., "Domain Names - Concepts and

Facilities", STD 13, RFC 1034, ISI, November 1987.

[4] Mockapetris, P., "Domain Names - Implementation and

Specification", STD 13, RFC 1035, ISI, November 1987.

[5] Dunlap, K., "Name Server Operations Guide for Bind,

Release 4.3", UC Berkeley, SMM:11-3.

[6] Partridge, C., "Mail Routing and the Domain Name System",

STD 14, RFC 974, BBN, January 1986.

[7] Albitz, P., C. Liu, "DNS and Bind" Help for UNIX System

Administrators, O’Reilly and Associates, Inc., October 1992.

[8] ACM SIGUCCS Networking Taskforce, "Connecting to the

Internet - What Connecting Institutions Should Anticipate", FYI 16, RFC 1359, August 1992.

[9] Reynolds, J., and J. Postel, "Assigned Numbers", STD 2,

RFC 1340, ISI, July 1992.

[10] Cooper, A., and J.Postel, "The US Domain", RFC 1480,

June 1993


5. Appendix



Registration Form:


Registration Form for Registering in the IN Domain

Issued : February 1995


This form is used for registering under a subdomain in the IN domain. Please read the document accompanying this form for general information regarding the IN domain namespace. You could retrieve the same document from URLs gopher:// OR pub/registration/domain/INNIC-0001.txt.

This form consists of four sections. The first section requests general details about the registrant, the second requests details of your current network and the last two sections about the name of your ISP and the sub- domain you are requesting to register.

PLEASE NOTE: that we DON’T entertain any documents in DOC,HTML,etc form. This is necessary as they are required to be stored for official use. It would help us immensely in processing your request if you sent us clean seven bit ASCII files so that we can process your request at the earliest.

Also note that the information given below is maintained in a WHOIS database. Hence, it will be prudent that you fill in the correct details. Incomplete forms shall be rejected outright.

Please allow seven working days for your request to be processed.

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1. General

1.1 Name of Organisation/Institution:




1.2 Address of Organisation/Institution:

(Please type as it would appear on your mailing label)




1.3 The name, title, postal address, e-mail and phone number of administrative contact:

(Give the postal address only if it is different from the address in 1.2)




1.4 The name, title, postal address, e-mail and phone number of the technical contact:

(Give the postal address only if it is different from the address in 1.2)




1.5 Give a brief description of your organisation. This description should clearly indicate the type of your organisation. ( e.g. R & D, private limited company, public limited company, Govt. of India Undertaking etc.) Educational institutions should mention the University to which they are affiliated.




2. Details of your IP Network

(Please duplicate questions 2.1 to 2.4 if you have more than one IP Network at your organisation/institution. If the administrative and technical contacts are the same as those given in 1.2 and 1.3, use the phrase "as above" against the respective items. There is no need to duplicate the information.)

2.1 Network Number:

(Please mention your IP network number here. For Eg: if you have a Class C address, your network number would be represented with its last byte as a zero. is a network number. Similarly, a Class B address will have the last two bytes as zeros. is a network number.)






2.2 Network Name:

(Mention the name of your network here. Your network name is what you would call it or, in generic terms, the label you would give to your network. Please type the name in upper case.)







2.3 Administrative Contact:

(Mention the name and complete contact information of the person from your organisation who would liaise with the domain registry for administrative issues.)







2.4 Technical Contact:

(Mention the name and complete contact information of the person from your organisation who would liaise with the domain registry for technical issues.)







3. Name of your Internet Service Provider:

(Through whom you connect to the Internet)

4. Domain Name Information:

( Currently we have the following domains: -- for research organisations -- for commercial organisations -- for network service providers -- for government organisations -- for academic community -- for miscellaneous organisations

Mention the domain name that you would like to register. Please also mention which of the above domains you would like to join.)








You are encouraged to send this form by electronic mail to If you cannot do so, you could post or fax this form to the following address:

Domain Registrar

National Center for Software Technology

8th Floor, Air India Building

Nariman Point

Bombay - 400 021

Telephone : +91-22-2024641, +91-22-2836924

Fax: +91-22-6210139