CUTN inaugurates buildings, launches Decennial Publication


Central University of Tamil Nadu-Thiruvarur, on Saturday (December 28, 2019) inaugurated two buildings: its Central Library and Academic Building 3, apart from launching its two-part Decennial Publication that traces the development in its first decade.

Its Academic Building 3 has three floors, including the ground floor, with a build-up area of 8572 Sq.m., built at an outlay of Rs.22 crore. It houses 46 staff cabins, 30 classrooms and seminar halls and 12 laboratories, apart from other essential facilities such as toilets, lift and washbasins.

Its Central Library building has a build-up area of 5982 Sq.m., constructed at an outlay of Rs 17.79 crores. CUTN Chancellor Prof. G. Padamaban inaugurated the buildings and launched the Decennial Publications in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Prof. A. P. Dash, Registrar Dr. S. Bhuvaneswari and other Court members. CUTN’s Decennial Publication Volume 1 traces the progress of the university from its inception in 2009 to 2019, highlighting its achievements, retelling its success stories and publishing the milestones that its has crossed in the first 10 years of its existence. Volume 2 of the publication is a record of its research output in the form of publications.

Central library of the Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN) has a collection of about 40358 books. Of these, more than 4,500 books are reference books and the rest are textbooks and general books. Besides these, the library also has CDs/DVDs and subscribes to 150 print journals. The library has been actively interacting with teaching departments and faculty and a proactive approach to building an essential collection of resources for new programmes being introduced by the various departments has been adopted.

CUTN’s Library facilitates access to more than 10,000 online electronic journals through UGC-e-ShodhSindhu, J-Gate, SciFinder, EBSCO, SCOPUS, IOP Publishing, ScienceDirect, IEEE-CSDL, Royal Society of Chemistry, and others for the benefit of faculty, researchers and students in social sciences. The library is fully automated with the software Koha, a software package which is an integrated library management system that supports all housekeeping operations of the library.

Recently, RFID and CCTV security systems have been implemented. The Library houses a separate Digital Resource Center with 30 computers running on high speed internet. Urkund & iThenticate anti-plagiarism software access are added by Central Library to check plagiarism of theses and other publications for the benefit of faculty and students. The library provides comfortable, user-friendly environment for learning and dissemination of knowledge and information.

RFID technology
The University Library has implemented RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Technology and has also installed CCTV as part of its efforts to improve library service and security. Vice-Chancellor Prof. A. P. Dash inaugurated these facilities on April 26, 2017.

Now, the library professionals can update their information sources and services through LAN established inside the library and campus. It provides details about the library and it services. A touch-screen kiosk lets users interact and find books.

Book drop station
A drop-box offers 24/7 access to students to return books. This can be utilised even when the library is closed. Students can drop the books from outside the library and it gets collected and stored in the book bin. This can also be placed inside the library. Receipt, email and SMS are provided on return of the book. The software is available with many options covering the day to day library operations. This apart, biometric systems are in place at the library for student and faculty identification.

Digital Resource Centre
CUTN Library has established a Digital Resource Centre and Book Bank facility. Vice-Chancellor Prof. A. P. Dash inaugurated these facilities on September 15, 2017.

Access to e-resources
Central Library of CUTN, in collaboration with the INFLIBNET centre, organised a one-day User Awareness Programme on Access to E-Resources on July 20, 2018.

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