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Saturday , August 2 , 2014
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PU adds e-governance for security upgrade

The Patna University administration has set short- and long-term goals to move a step ahead in e-governance under the information communication technology (ICT).

The short-term goals include installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the main administrative block of the university and introduction of e-library. The long-term goals are installation of CCTV cameras at the constituent colleges, digitalisation of study material and joint video-conferencing.

Patna University pro-vice-chancellor Ranjit Kumar Verma said: “The university administration under the ICT has set short- and long-term goals, which will be implemented in phases.”

Under the short-term goals, the university administration has decided to install CCTV cameras at important points of the main administrative block by this year. The CCTV cameras will be connected to the main server at the central computer centre and other centres in the offices of the vice-chancellor, pro-vice-chancellor, registrar and proctor. By the end of August, the university administration would float tenders and work is expected to start by Dussehra.

Verma said: “The idea behind installing CCTV cameras is to keep tabs on activities of students who indulge in anti-academic activities on the campus as there will be auto-recording facility. In cases of a theft attempt, the controlling officer will receive a message.”

The facility of e-library would be introduced at the central library under the short-term goal. The university administration is planning to install Scopus, a bibliographic database. Scopus will enable students studying at the central library access 25,000 journals of faculties. Also, the students can subscribe to a lakh books.

Both the facilities are directly connected with the welfare of the students. Neelmani, a postgraduate mass communication student, said: “It is going to take a long time for the university to introduce these plans. But if they were executed, they would help the students.”

Neelmani added that in subjects like mass communication and science, books are very expensive. If the university allows subscription of these books, it would help students.

Under the long-term goals, the university is planning to install CCTV cameras at the constituent colleges, which would be connected to the computer centre. The e-library facility would also be upgraded at colleges.

The facility of joint video-conferencing would also be introduced. This facility would help in conducting meetings on time. Also, the principals and the department heads would not have to visit the office of vice-chancellor to attend meetings.

The university is also planning digitalisation of study material. Therefore, the study material would be available on the university website and anyone can access them.