Under a new initiative taken up by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) paperless operations of the academic affairs could turn out to be reality. Under the initiative every file that might land up at the JNU Vice Chancellor’s table for his approval would greet him with a stamp saying “kindly send through e-office system”. This move is expected to ensure paperless administration in the university.
The university has not just taken the initiative out of the blue, but has prepared itself well beforehand. The entire university administration has been computerized and everything from student registration to faculty recruitment and inter and intra-department communication is now being done digitally. According to the Vice Chancellor of JNU, Sudhir Kumar Sopory, “We have established an e-governance cell to streamline operations and utilize the resources in an optimal way. But there has been some resistance from some departments so we have started using this stamp to put pressure on them who still prefer to use paper.”
For software development of achieve this feat, the university has roped in Accel Front line Limited which is a Chennai based company. The Technical consultant in this regard is Wipro. The companies have already developed quite a few modules like Manpower Information Management System, Student Information Management System, Financial Information Management System and Library Information Management System. These models are presently in ‘User Acceptance Test’ stage and would soon become functional.
JNU Intranet Portal and JNU Private Cloud IT Infrastructure as part of the project has been designed by the university’s computer centre itself. According to Sopory, “The objective is to make workflow at JNU more efficient with computerized operations and make accurate data and information available to users. This has helped in reducing the time taken for movement of papers and filed in regular official work. It is also helpful in contributing to less paper work and better utilization of manpower resources.”