In order to boost the higher education in Bihar, the state higher education department has decided to introduce University Management System (UMS) in all universities and constituent colleges.
K Senthil Kumar, additional secretary, higher education department-cum-project director said, “The department has developed a new software which will link all universities and colleges together and facilitate conduct of academic activities as per the academic calendar of the universities”.
While addressing a meeting of registrars, principals and nodal officers of the state varsities, Kumar said that all universities and constituent colleges would come under the integrated system. “With the help of new technology, universities and colleges would be provided more facilities like online admission, WiFi, course management, publication of results, academic calendar and financial management. The new software will be named — Edu Grid-Bihar,” he said.
In a bid to streamline higher education scenario in the state, the new software is developed after several brainstorming sessions with technical experts, Kumar revealed. “The new system would be introduced in the ensuing academic session in July,” he said. A power point presentation on various advantages of the new technology was also given by State Education Director-IT, Arjun Kumar.
Ranjit Kumar Verma, former pro-vice chancellor, Patna University who played a crucial role in development of the new software, said the UMS will ensure transparency in universities. He said, the new software will be university-teacher-student centric and provide a single window service to students. “The focus will be on e-governance in universities and colleges. Each university and college will have a user-friendly website which could display time table of each department too,” he added.
During meeting, stress was also given on the need to get NAAC accreditation for all universities and colleges in the state to avail UGC grants under Rashtriya Ucchttar Shikhsa Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme.