The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently initiated a move to introduce a cloud-based integrated University Management System (UMS). All Central Universities (CUs) will soon be brought under this single centralised e-governance system. This has been done in a bid to create greater transparency and efficiency to the daily functioning of the varsities. It will also help ease the admission procedures and other student related matters.
The UMS system will help authorities in monitoring academics and examination related activities of the central universities. It will also help in rapid handling of finance and administrative matters.
The UGC has set up a three-member panel made of vice- chancellors of the central universities of Kashmir, Haryana and South Bihar to implement the decision. It is also exploring ways to make all CUs wi-fi enabled.
“The committee has been asked to give bi-monthly report on the progress and fix a timeline for implementation of the plan,” sources added.
About 30 higher educational institutions like Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Goa, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal and Bundelkhand University are already using a similar e-governance platform developed by a private vendor.
“The system has learnt to have helped them improve their efficiency,” the sources said. The UGC committee has been authorised to float a tender to engage a suitable vendor to introduce the UMS in the central varsities.
“It will prepare the tender documents, finalise the tender documents, call for tenders, make comparative statement, negotiate with companies/vendors and place orders on behalf of Central Universities,” sources said.
Besides having the liberty to co-opt representatives of the IT sector, the panel will also coordinate with all vice chancellors of the CUs to implements the UMS. “The committee will also be responsible for all follow-up actions,” sources added.