Criterion IV – Infrastructure and Learning Resources
Library is automated with digital facilities using Integrated Library Management System (ILMS), adequate subscriptions to e-resources and journals are made. The library is optimally used by the faculty and students.
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The library is crucial for educational institutions. A well-equipped library that contains an ample number of titles and volumes of books representing the latest advancements in the academic fields offered by the institution, as well as a wide range of journals and periodicals from various regions of the world, along with a collection of manuscripts and rare and valuable literature, will significantly enhance the academic atmosphere within the institution. Hence, it is imperative to establish a comprehensive library equipped with a wide range of resources to facilitate the all-encompassing growth of the educational institution. Establishing and enhancing electronic infrastructure for libraries is an additional crucial component. The implementation of computerization and digitization in library resources and processes, the establishment of an e-library, the provision of Wi-Fi with sufficient bandwidth, the availability of computers, printing, and reprographic facilities, and the provision of learning facilities for individuals with disabilities are crucial advancements necessary to address the educational requirements of the 21st century. Implementing Integrated Library Management Systems (ILMS) in the library setting is recommended to be carried out under the guidance and oversight of a duly qualified librarian.
The Central Library has a collection of textbooks, reference books, rare books, journals, online e-books, e-journals, magazines, and newspapers. The departmental seminar libraries borrow books from the Central Library to distribute to students. The library has reading rooms for students and staff members. The library remains open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. so that, in addition to Day scholars, boarders can also take advantage. Students can borrow books by producing their library cards; one book is given for one card.OurLibraryhas61774 books, PhD theses, circulars, and magazines. The entire area has CCTV coverage, and a Wi-Fi facility is provided to students and staff members. The software used for ILMS is e-resources from the National Informatics Centre. It is partially automated in Version 3.01. The year of automation is 2021. Students and teachers can browse to see if the books are available and read online books and journals.
In addition, the library provides question papers from previous examinations, a question bank of semesters, bookson competitive reviews, biographies, student projects, selected PhD theses, articles published by teachers, admissions notifications, employment notifications, the College magazine, and the College calendar.
Percentage of expenditure for purchase of books/ e-books and subscription to journals/e-journals year wise during the last five years.
Expenditure for purchase of books / e-books and subscription to journals/e-journals year wise during last five years (INR in lakhs)
Formula: = 15.25/340.1 = 4.48%
Institution frequently updates its IT facilities and provides sufficient bandwidth for internet connection.
Describe IT facilities including Wi-Fi with date and nature of updation, available internet bandwidth within a maximum of 500 words.
The institution’s capacity to effectively implement, utilize, and sustain IT infrastructure has become increasingly significant in the digital transformation era. Ensuring all stakeholders within academic institutions are granted access to information and communication technology (ICT) facilities is imperative. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) utilization in various activities is expanding, necessitating institutions to diligently establish a comprehensive and efficient network of resources to facilitate and enhance academic advancement. Digital infrastructure facilitates various educational tools and resources, such as interactive classrooms, virtual labs, computer labs, Wi-Fi connectivity, software applications, e-governance systems, e-content development platforms, online classes, online examinations, and digital evaluation methods. It is imperative to ensure sufficient allocation of funds for infrastructure development and maintenance to meet the evolving IT requirements of the institution effectively.
V.N. Auto College updates its I.T. policy to enhance its teaching-learning process. The College has over 100 computers in classrooms, laboratories, departments, offices, and a library. Wi-Fi well connects them with a bandwidth of 100 MBPS and Reliance Jio leased line providing internet facilities to Departments and Offices. There are 1 Computer lab and ten Routers for students and teachers. The Wi-Fi facility in the library offers an excellent opportunity for students.
The finance and accounts of the College are maintained with staff who are well trained in the accounting software ‘e-accounts.’ It helps to keep records and update financial transactions in CAPA. The admission process is software driven and controlled by State Government’s Students Academic Management System (SAMS). Examination results are computerized, and the library’s software helps track books and journals.
Student - Computer ratio (Data for the latest completed academic year)
Number of computers available for students’ usage during the latest completed academic year:
Formula: Number of students: Number of Computers
Institution has dedicated audio visual centre, mixing equipment, editing facility, media studio, lecture capturing system(LCS) and related hardware and software for e-content development.
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Media Studio is a platform to manage, measure, and monetize your videos on media like Twitter, WhatsApp etc. The Digital Media Studio is sound proof and equipped with high-end cameras, microphones, lighting and a UND branded backdrop to provide a professional environment for creating quality recordings for use on-campus and online.
An audio-visual system works in sync to produce or emit sound through speakers while displaying content on screens like video walls. AV systems are truly all around us, helping to entertain, inform and enlighten us every day!
Lecture capture is the practice of using technology to record a lecture or presentation so that it can be viewed at a later time, often through a video management system (VMS).
Electronic-content which is also known as Digital Content refers to the content or information delivered over network based electronic devices or that is made available using computer network such as INTERNET. E-content includes all kinds of content created and delivered through various electronic media
There are completely five parts of e-content such as images, videos, text, animations, and audio. All these elements are the backbone of the e-content which helps to connect people through the network.
There is such provisions in our college for audio visual centre, mixing equipment, editing facility, media studio, lecture capturing system (LCS) and related hardware and software for e-content development.
Percentage expenditure incurred on maintenance of physical facilities and academic support facilities excluding salary component, during the last five years (10)
Expenditure incurred on maintenance of physical facilities and academic support facilities excluding salary component year wise during last five years (INR in lakhs)
= 52.3/340.1 = 15.3%
There are established systems and procedures for maintaining and utilizing physical and academic support facilities – laboratory, library, sports complex, computers, classrooms etc.
Describe policy details of systems and procedures for maintaining and utilizing physical, academic and support facilities within a maximum of 500 words
The College has a well-defined policy and system in place for the maintenance and utilization of all its physical and academic facilities.
Classroom management: Classroom being the most primary and important work space, it is managed with proper systems and procedures as recommended by the Management and the University. It is followed keeping in mind the modern teaching learning environment. The classrooms are well equipped with all modern technology like the smart boards, mike systems, and other technologies for better and effective teaching. CCTVs installed in each classroom to make sure of the safety and the security of all students, teachers and equipment. Stock list of assets of Class room property, cleaning and maintenance are done on a regular basis, Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC)of all the modern teaching technology, proper reporting system about repairs and replacements are the basic attributes of classroom management. This also includes the asset management that forms the core in the working of the college.
Laboratory: As the College has seven Science departments, the Laboratory policy forms the core in the working of the institution. While the Laboratory has several instruments and equipment, the same is maintained through AMCs. 1. Locations of laboratory safety showers, eyewash stations, and fire extinguishers help to assure protective measures to minimize the causalities. 2. General Instructions to students regarding the safe and secure usage while in the laboratory are displayed in each lab.
Library: For overall smooth functioning of the library, it is divided into following five main sections and each section has its unique identity and with defined standard procedures the library works effectively and serves its patrons for information requirements.
1. Acquisition/ Processing Section
2. Circulation Section
3. Serial Section
4. Reference Section
5. ICT and Digital Section
The library of the college has its own mechanisms and system in place to identify the purchases based on the courses offered, check on the facilities to be provided for the students and the staff. Generally, the norms conform to the institutional policies and the policies of the parent body. Yearly statistics for utilization of library resources helps in collection development policy of the library. Withdrawal of books and other reading material which is not useful for current references is done on a regular basis.
Sports: Sports committee looks after maintaining the sports ground and sports equipment. Committee organizes various indoor and outdoor sports competitions for students at intra and intercollegiate level. For holistic development, students are encouraged to participate in the competitions. Coaches for events where there is good student representation, are appointed with the permission of the Management and the Principal.
The celebration of the International Yoga Day has become a regular affair and many students and staff participates in the same. While the IQAC defines policies related to workshops/seminars/conferences for students and staff across faculties, the website acquaints the users with the working system of the college and also invites suggestions on better working processes.
Computers Maintenance of computers (Hardware and Software), updating software related to administrative and overall maintenance of campus infrastructure. Annual maintenance contracts for computers, copier machines, software, CCTV, Fire extinguisher, garden, security are in place. Policy is developed to maintain a balanced student and computer ratio, so that all students will be benefited for academic purposes. An external housekeeping service looks after cleanliness on the campus. Website is maintained and updated with the help of external professionals Versatile IT services.
Policy is developed to keep parents informed about student’s attendance via mobile messages assuring safety of the students. The well-defined purchase policy developed by the Management Purchase Committee looks after all the purchases in the college. Institution follows all safety and security norms as required for an educational institution and makes optimal use of all security mechanisms. Safety of girls is specially handled and appropriate measures are taken to make the campus safe for students.