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The Projector Buying Guide for Universities

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As India’s higher education sector continues to roll, State Private Universities have increased from 105 in 2012 to 282 in 2018. Around 22 million students out of 34.2 million enrolled in higher education 2014-2015, chose Private universities. These new institutes including all the existing ones are driving the agenda of quality education.

In order to enable this agenda, infrastructure investments including those into display equipment like projectors continue to be the priority. To derive maximum value from these projector investments, universities and colleges are advised to look into the following factors.

  • Room Requirements
  • Projector Features

Room Requirements
For an efficient classroom projector purchase process, universities set up two committees. These two committees – technical committee and financial committee – take the the ownership of the purchase process. The technical committee does the overall evaluation and appraisal, and is responsible for making recommendations to the financial committee that takes the final decision. Room requirement is one such important criteria for the technical committee to look into.

Universities and colleges are large infrastructure assets that span over acres, buildings and rooms. College buildings typically have multiple floors, with many rooms, serving different purposes. While each institute might have its own specific custom requirements, the general room requirements when purchasing classroom projectors cover:

Interactive Classrooms
Interactive classrooms are regular classrooms, smaller in size and hold upto 30-40 students.

For best impact, projectors need to have the following capabilities.

High brightness for bright lecture rooms
With zero space constraints, ultra short throw projectors eliminate distracting shadows and glare both for students and teachers, enabling them to engage and collaborate.

  • Wireless solution to strengthen BYOD collaboration
  • Smart interactive tools to promote collaborative learning
  • Smart management facilitates efficient projector maintenance
  • Dustproof solutions for optimal performance and reliability

Projector recommendation for Interactive Classrooms

Lecture Halls
A lecture hall is large, often times in amphitheatre style and can hold upto 100 -150 students. For students sitting at the back, to be able to see images clearly, high brightness is an essential factor. Besides, the high installation flexibility and centralized management also make these projectors ideal for professional presentation. Lastly, since lecture halls have windows, they are not dust-free and prone to dust, so dustproof projectors should be considered.

Projector recommendation for Lecture Halls

Meeting Rooms
Meeting rooms are not very common in an higher education setup. The corporate resource centre and the Vice Chancellor office would use meeting rooms to welcome dignitaries and companies for campus placements. VC may also use such rooms for important annual and quarterly meetings.

A key to any meeting room is it should have minimum noise interference, from the outside as well as inside, which is why low-noise operation factor is to be kept in mind. Other requirements are similar to a regular classroom such as high brightness, LAN control and a big zoom.

Projector recommendation for Meeting Rooms

Projector Features
Once the room-wise requirement is listed out and an inventory is created, it is time then to map the exact requirement against the features offered by the projector. The following infographic illustrates all the projector features and their corresponding use-case in a vivid easy-to-understand form.

 

Higher education leadership at India’s Universities, by virtue of having an institutionalised projector purchase process would be considering these factors. Most are still expected to follow the ‘buy low cost projector’ strategy. But discretionary buyers who value education quality and the delivery of intended learning outcomes are expected to value the above factors as they go about making their classroom projector purchase decision.

 

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