The Times of India: The management council of the University of Pune (UoP) on Monday approved the purchase of four software packages from the Elsevier Journals firm, which would bring 600 online journals on topics cutting across various faculties, to the varsity’s Jaykar library.
The Amsterdam-headquartered Elsevier ranks among the world’s leading publishers of science and health information serving 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals worldwide. It has a global scholarly community of 7,000 journal editors, 70,000 editorial board members, 3 lakh reviewers and 6 lakh authors. On an annual basis, the firm publishes 2,000 new journals and as many new books each year.
Speaking to TOI, the university’s officiating vice-chancellor Arun Adsool said, “A budgetory provision of Rs 71 lakh has been made for the purchase of these software packages.” The university has already started work on the technical aspects involved in the acquisition and installation of these softwares, he said.
Adsool added, “The software acquisition would initially enable students from all on-campus PG departments and students reaching the Jayakar library to access the 600 online journals. Later on, we have plans to extend this access to all affiliated colleges and recognised institutions.”
The UoP management further decided to extend a push to the ambitious Triple Connectivity project that envisages an audio, visual and data link between the UoP administration, on-campus departments, affiliated colleges and institutions.
Adsool said, “We are soon assigning a committee to recommend steps for taking the project into Phase III from the existing Phase I and II stages. This would mean expansion of the connectivity network across the UoP area.”
In another key move, the UoP management decided to extend the benefits of the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule scholarship scheme to girl students from all professional colleges too, starting this academic year.
Adsool pointed out, “The scheme, which is meant for encouraging meritorious girl students from the poor and weaker communities to pursue higher studies, was hitherto applicable to girls studying at only non-professional colleges.”
The decision would benefit girl students from 225 professional colleges in the UoP area, Adsool said and added, “Ten post-graduate and five under graduate girl students from each college will stand to benefit.”
The university is expected to end up with an additional revenue earning of Rs 30 to 35 crore by the end of financial year 2009-10, according to the projections made by the mid-term revision of the varsity’s Rs 337 crore budget. The revised budget was approved by the management council.
Adsool said, “The additional revenue has been projected mainly from sources like exam and tuition fees; funding for research and studies commissioned by different agencies and grants under the 11th Five Year Plan.” The expenditure side has more or less remained constant in the revision exercise. “This means, a considerable reduction in the shortfall that was initially projected when the budget was tabled in March,” he said.
As an incentive for non-teaching staffers going for doctoral research studies, the varsity management decided to honour those staffers who have secured their PhD, at the annual day programme on February 10 and reward them with Rs 25,000 cash.