E libraries to give students better access

The Haryana government is looking to create e-libraries, or an online bank of resource material, for students enrolled in at least 10 state universities and their affiliated colleges.

The move is aimed at finding ways to provide qualitative education during the pandemic, which has forced the government to shut colleges for classroom lectures.

The department of higher education has invited responses from agencies and organisations. The demand to adapt to the new format of teaching, that of digital classes, has been a key factor behind why the idea was floated, officials said.

“Our request for proposal (RFP) to set up e-libraries is a step towards evolving the methods to provide education and keeping pace with the current global trends. We are aiming at creating an exhaustive library that is accessible to students who are adapting to online lectures and webinars,” Dr Hemant Verma, deputy director, higher education, told TOI.

The RFP raised by the department said the service must be fully hosted in India and covered by Indian laws governing privacy of information and data flow.

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Officials said there will be a meeting in the coming week to chalk out a plan. “If all goes well, the system should be up and running in the next two months. We need that time to evaluate the bid, decide the scope of contract and services, and also to ensure the availability of an exhaustive list of e-journals, magazines and other resources on the platform,” Verma added.

In the first phase, an annual subscription will be given to all students of state universities and 50,000 students of affiliated colleges. The library aims to keep a curated collection on science, technology, engineering, agriculture, humanities, health and medical sciences, from more than 25 lakh resources like e-books, e-journals, video lectures, magazines and dissertations. Registered users will be given a unique, two-factor identity for authentication.

Courtesy: TOI

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