Utkal University has decided to consult local agencies for the automation of its Parija Library, a proposal that has been pending for the last two years.
At a meeting held recently, the automation committee for the library decided to take technical consultation from Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC), National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar and few other similar organisations.
The university had issued an open tender a year back for automation of the library. Only two private firms responded to the tender. “We could not go ahead with the proposal given by the two firms as they were quoting a very high price,” said Parija library in-charge Udaynath Sahoo.
The funds for the automation of the library will be provided by the university. Lack of technical know how about the project is being cited as the cause of the delay.
Since the two firms cited very high cost, the university is planning to first discuss the automation proposal with local agencies before hiring any private player.
The local agencies will be asked to give a presentation in front of the Vice-Chancellor after which it will be sent to the university syndicate for final approval.