How many times have you waited in a queue at your college library to pick or return a book? And then, waited some more time because the library staff had broken for lunch or gone out for ‘some work’. Such a scenario is going to be history for the students of Shi Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) from the new academic year.
Along with centralised air-conditioning, the college library will be the first among the varsity colleges to boast of Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) which will automate the whole process of issuing books and returning them hassle free.
Installing the new mechanism will mean there will be self-circulation and the user will not be dependent on anybody. “The books will have a RFID tag, so when it is issued, it will automatically get registered. The mechanism also has a scanner which will help locate the book one is looking for with a beep. It will also make the stock verification process and deposition of the books simpler,” said DV Singh, librarian, SRCC. The total cost of the project will be Rs 25 lakh.
The college will also have air-conditioned tutorial classes, teleconferencing facility, availability of 750 online journals and data from the Centre For Monitoring Indian Economy to help teachers and students from the new academic year.
SRCC will also become the first college in Delhi to have a fire-proof campus from this year. “The lives of our students and staff is precious and it is important to secure them. We can’t wait for a disaster to happen and then take a step,” said principal PC Jain. This project too will cost the college about Rs 25 lakh. All the funding for the various infrastructural changes will come from the college’s generous alumni association.
Apart from sate-of-the-art infrastructure, the students of the reserved category can also look forward to more opportunities. “We are going to introduce special coaching classes for students belonging to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe, OBCs, physically challenged and religious minority category to help them prepare for Union Public Civil Service Examinations,” said Jain.