About INDEST-AICTE Consortium
The idea of the creation of the library consortia, took shape at the “National Seminar on Knowledge Networking in Engineering & Technology Education and Research” held at IIT Delhi in December 2000 under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development. The seminar was coordinated by Dr. Jagdish Arora and it was attended by more than 150 participants from engineering and technological institutions from all over the country. Based on the feedback, ministry decided to set-up the expert group in April 2002 for the consortia–based subscription to electronic resources for Technical Education System in India under the chairmanship of Prof. N. Balakrishnan from IISc, Bangalore.
The “Indian National Digital Library in Engineering Sciences and Technology (INDEST) Consortium” was set up in 2003 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on the recommendation of an Expert Group appointed by the Ministry. The IIT Delhi has been designated as the Consortium Headquarters to coordinate its activities. The Consortium was re-named as INDEST-AICTE Consortium in December 2005 with the AICTE playing a pivotal role in enrolling its approved engineering colleges and institutions as members of the Consortium for selected e-resources at much lower rates of subscription. The Consortium enrolls engineering and technological institutions as its members and subscribe to electronic resources for them at discounted rates of subscription and favourable terms and conditions. The Ministry provides funds required for subscription to electronic resources for 62 centrally-funded Government institutions including IITs, IISc Bangalore, NITs, ISM, IIITs, IIMs, NITTTR’s and few other institutions that are considered as core members of the Consortium. The benefit of consortia-based subscription to electronic resources is not confined to its core members but is also extended to all educational institutions under its open-ended proposition. 60 Govt./Govt.-aided engineering colleges are provided access to selected electronic resources with financial support from the AICTE and 102 univeristies/institutions have joined the Consortium under its self-supported category in 2012. The total number of members in the Consortium has now grown to 1235.
The INDEST-AICTE Consortium is the most ambitious initiative taken so far in the country. It is the biggest Consortium in terms of number of member institutions in Asia. The Consortium attracts the best possible price and terms of agreement from the publishers on the basis of strength of its present and prospective member institutions. The Consortium subscribes to over 12,000 electronic journals from a number of publishers and aggregators. The consortium website at http://paniit.iitd.ac.in/indest hosts searchable databases of journals and member institutions to locate journals subscribed by the Consortium, their URLs and details of member institutions.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has set-up the "Indian National Digital Library in Engineering Sciences and Technology (INDEST) Consortium" on the recommendation made by the Expert Group appointed by the ministry under the chairmanship of Prof. N. Balakrishnan. The INDEST-AICTE Consortium is the most ambitious initiative taken so far in the country. INDEST-AICTE Consortium, as an open-ended proposition, welcomes other institutions to join it on their own for sharing benefits it offers in terms of highly discounted rates of subscription and better terms of agreement with the publishers. The Mission of Indian National Digital Library in Engineering Sciences and Technology (INDEST) Consortium includes:
- Improve Productivity and Quality of Research
- Promote Advance Teaching and Learning
- Moving Towards a National Consortium
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has set-up the INDEST Consortium on the recommendation made by the Expert Group appointed by the ministry under the chairmanship of Prof. N. Balakrishnan. The INDEST Consortium is the most ambitious initiative taken so far in the country. INDEST stands for "Indian National Digital Library in Engineering Sciences and Technology Consortium. The Consortium is entrusted with the task of improving productivity and quality of research , promoting advanced teaching and learning .
The Consortium was re-named as INDEST-AICTE Consortium in December 2005 with the AICTE playing a pivotal role in enrolling its approved engineering colleges and institutions as members of the Consortium for selected e-resources at much lower rates of subscription. The Consortium enrolls engineering and technological institutions as its members and subscribe to electronic resources for them at discounted rates of subscription and favourable terms and conditions.
- To subscribe electronic resources for the members of the Consortium at highly discounted rates of subscription and at the best terms and conditions;
- To extend the benefit of consortia-based subscription beyond the core members to other engineering and technological institutions;
- To impart training to the users and librarians in the member institutions on subscribed electronic resources with an aim to optimise the usage of subscribed electronic resources;
- To find more avenues of cooperation and interaction amongst member libraries;
- To increase scientific productivity of member institutions in terms of quality and quantity of publications;
- To help new engineering institutes and colleges to make the right choice of e- resources; and
- To find more avenues of co-operation and interaction with other consortia.
- Subscription to identified electronic resources ;
- Identification of new resources ;
- Interaction with member libraries to ensure optimal utilization of subscribed electronic resources;
- Ensure access to subscribed electronic resources to member libraries as per their subscription;
- Organizing training programme for the member institutions on use of electronic resources;
- Initiate additional activities complementary to the present activities of the Consortium; and
- Encourage interactions amongst member institutions.
The Consortium operates through its headquarters set up at IIT Delhi under a National Steering Committee (NSC) notified by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD). It consists of Director, IIT Delhi as its ex-officio Chairman and Chairman, AICTE as its Co-Chair. Members are drawn from its beneficiary core and self supported institutions. Other members are Director (Technical Education), MHRD; representatives from the National Knowledge Resource Consortium (CSIR and DST) and DESIDOC; and Member Secretary, AICTE. The committee is responsible for taking major policy decision as well as their execution.
In the year 2010, National Advisory Committee(NAC) was established by the National Steering Committee(NSC) to advice the NSC about various issues faced by the consortium. Some of the major issues handled were the rationalization of Elsevier subscription based on the usage for core I member institutions, subscription model of Elsevier for NITs, new IITs, IISERs and other core institutions. NAC also helps in e-resources selection, review of e-resources, and subscription of e-resources for engineering colleges. The advisory committee played a key role in the decision making of the NSC for new model for NITs. In order to make a participatory culture, Consortium invited participating institutions from time to time to discuss various issues faced by the consortium for individual institution. Meetings were held at the consortium headquarters with respect to NITs, IITs, new NITs and IISERs. The feedback of individual institutions played a key role in decision making and helped in negotiating the terms with the publishers.
A negotiation committee was also established by the National Steering Committee(NSC), to negotiate the terms, conditions and price of e-resources. The consortium involved the coordinators of all other major national consortia for the negotiation as well as the NSC meetings to have a common understanding of terms, conditions and price of e-resources.
A National Review Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Technical Education) with an overall responsibility for making policies, monitoring the progress, coordinating with UGC and AICTE for promoting the activities of the Consortium. However the committee has been in dormancy for over last 5 years.
The National Coordinator for the consortium was appointed by the Technical Bureau of MHRD in the year 2003. He was responsible for operation of the consortium. The National coordinator is member secretary of the National Steering Committee, National Advisory Committee and the Negotiation Committee. Since the inception of the consortium, Dr. Jagdish Arora was the National Coordinator and continued in this role up to August 2007. Prof. G.P. Agarwal took charge as National Coordinator of the consortium from Dr. Arora and served this post for five years beginning September 2007 to end of August 2012. Since September 1, 2012, Prof. B.D. Gupta has taken charge as the National Coordinator.
The Consortium operates through its Headquarter set-up at the IIT Delhi. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) provides funds required for
- Subscription to electronic resources for 65 core members including IISc, IITs,IISERs, NITs, IIMs and a few other institutions; and
- For operation of the consortium.
The consortium headquarter functions under a National Steering Committee (NSC) for inter-institutional coordination and for taking decisions on policy issues under the overall policy direction of the Government of India. The Ministry has also set-up a National Review Committee (NRC) for the INDEST-AICTE Consortium. The National Review Committee shall be responsible for overall policy, monitoring and coordination with UGC and AICTE for this Consortium.
Members of the NSC (Current)
1. Prof. R. K. Shevgaonkar, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (Chairman)
2. Dr. S.S. Mantha, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (Co-Chairman)
3. Shri Alok Mishra, Director (TC), Ministry Human Resource Development (Member)
4. Prof. B.D. Gupta, ACL Chairman, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (Member)
5. Librarian, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (Member)
6. Librarian, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Member)
7. Librarian/Director, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (Member)
8. Librarian/Director, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (Member)
9. Director, National Institute of Technology, (NIT), Delhi (Member)
10. Director, National Institute of Technology, (NIT), Nagpur (Member)
11. Director, National Institute of Technology, (NIT), Silchar (Member)
12. Librarian/Director, VIT, Vellore (Member)
13. Librarian/Director, Nirma Institute of Science and Technology, Ahmedabad (Member)
14. Director, Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET), Ahmedabad (Member)
15. Member secretary, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi (Member)
16. Coordinator, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Consortium (CSIR), NISCAIR, New Delhi (Member)
17. Director, Defence Scientific Information and Documentation Center (DESIDOC), New Delhi (Member)
18. Director/Nominee, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad (Member)
19. Director/Nominee, Indian Institute of Science and Education Research (IISER), Trivandrum (Member)
20. Director/Nominee, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore (Member)
21. Prof. B.D. Gupta, National Coordinator, (INDEST-AICTE Consortium) (Convenor)
Members of the NRC (Current)
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
Shastri Bhawan, "C" Wing
New Delhi - 110 001
Mr. S.K. Ray
Joint Secretary and Financial Adviser
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
Shastri Bhawan, "C" Wing
New Delhi - 110 001
Prof. B D. Gupta
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi - 110 016
Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Bangalore - 560 012
University Grants Commission
Bahadurshah Zafar Marg
New Delhi-110 002
Shri Alok Mishra
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Education
Wing "C", Shastri Bhawan
New Delhi - 110 001
How to Reach Us
INDEST-AICTE Consortium is situated at Central Library IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas in South Delhi, which is a landmark place in the colourful and chequered history of Delhi. Bounded by the Sri Aurobindo Marg on the east, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Complex on the west, the National Council of Educational Research and Training on the south, and the New Ring Road on the north, the Institute campus is flanked by Qutub Minar and the Hauz Khas monuments. Well connected to the major city centres by open and wide roads, the Institute campus is about 19 Km. away from the Delhi Main Railway Station, 14 Km. from the New Delhi Railway Station, 21 Km. from the Inter-State Bus Terminal and 10 Km. from Delhi Airport. The nearest connectivity to Metro Services is through Hauz Khas Metro station.
Selection Of E-Resources
The electronic resources subscribed by the INDEST-AICTE Consortium were selected based on the following criteria:
i) Well established multi-disciplinary resources with broad coverage were preferred over highly specialized sources targeted to specialists;
ii) The electronic resources already on subscription in the beneficiary institutions were preferred over those which are not being used in any of the beneficiary institutions;
iii) Resources that are “electronic only” were preferred over those that are print based unless completely unavoidable;
iv) Resources that are very important but highly cost intensive were preferred over those which are less important or less used but low cost; and
v) Resources where electronic versions are made available free on subscription to their print versions were avoided as far as possible.
The Expert Group appointed by the Ministry initially selected and evaluated the e-resources being subscribed by the Consortium. New electronic resources are added based on the demands from the member institutions after due evaluation and approval by the National Steering Committee.
Joint Project Of INDEST-AICTE Consortium & UGC - INFONET Digital Library Consortium (2010-2012)
The Programme of subscription of e-resources through Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is being jointly executed by the INDEST-AICTE Consortium, IIT Delhi and UGC-INFONET Digital Library Consortium, INFLIBNET Centre (NME-ICT/N-LIST) and provide for :
i) Cross subcription to e-resources subscribed by the two Conssortia, i.e. subscription to INDEST-AICTE Consortium resources for universities and UGC-INFONET resources for technical institutions,and
ii) Access to selected e-resources to colleges.
Under this programme, INDEST-AICTE Consortium subscribed following e-resources:
i) 27 Nature titles for 34 Institutions (8 IITs/IISc, 5 IISERs, 8 New IITs, 13 selected NITs)
ii) Project Muse for 34 Institutions (8 IITs/IISc, 5 IISERs, 8 New IITs, 13 selected NITs)
iii) Annual Reviews for 34 Institutions (8 IITs/IISc, 5 IISERs, 8 New IITs, 13 selected NITs)
iv) Taylor & Francis for 21 Institutions (8 IITs/IISc, 5 IISERs, 8 New IITs)
v) IEEE ASPP for 73 Government Engineering Colleges
vi) Web of Science for 100 Universities
INFLIBNET subscribed following resources for colleges covered under 12B and 2F sections of the UGC Act:
i) American Institute of Physics ( 18 titles)
ii) American Physics Society (10 titles)
iii) Annual Review (33 titles)
iv) Cambrige Universities Press (224 titles)
v) Economic and Political Weekly (EPW)
vi) H.W. Wilson (1,420 titles)
vii) Indian Journals (150 titles)
viii) Institute of Physics (46 titles)
ix) Oxford University Press (206 titles)
x) Royal Society of Chemisty ((29 titles)
i) Ebrary (45,000+ titles)
ii) Oxford Scholarship (902 titles)
iii) Net Library (936 titles)
iv) MyiLibrary-McGraw Hill (1,308 titles)