Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), in an effort to increase efficiency and accountability in the working of its administration, has decided to go paperless. This effectively will mean that all inter-departmental communications will be conducted through the e-office system.
The university recently computerized all its operations - including inter-departmental communication, admissions and faculty registration - to make the administrative work paperless. “We are moving towards taking work online. We have established an e-governance cell to streamline our operations. This will increase efficiency and accountability. Anyone handling a file will now know what exactly happened with the file and which official is handling it,” JNU vice chancellor Sudhir Kumar Sopory said.
Any file which lands up at Sopory’s desk for his approval too is now greeted with a stamp which says “kindly send through e-office system”. Sopory said in a few months, the university will go hundred percent paperless. “There has been some resistance from some departments. So we have started using these stamps to put pressure on them,” Sopory said.
As part of the project, the university’s computer centre has also developed ‘JNU Intranet portal’ and ‘JNU private cloud IT infrastructure’. “The objective is to make workflow at JNU efficient with computerized operations and make accurate data and information available. This has helped in reducing the time taken for movement of papers and files in regular official work,” Sopory said. Sopory said the university has roped in Accel Frontline Ltd. of Chennai for software development while Wipro is serving as the technical consultant.