Membership

Membership

The INDEST-AICTE Consortium has three types of members based on funding.

Type I: Core members supported by MHRD

Type II: AICTE supported members

Type III: Self-supported members

However, some of the core and AICTE supported members can join as self-supported members. The membership fee for joining the consortium was Rs. 2000 for Types II & III members. The consortium did not charge membership fees from the MHRD supported academic institutions. The basic objective of the consortium is to provide the e-resources to the academic institutions of the country.

Core Members

Core Members

All centrally funded technical institutions including IITs, IISc, ISM, IISERs, NITs, SLIET, NERIST, IIMs, NITIE, NITTTRs, IIITs and NIFFT were the core members of the Consortium. The Ministry granted funds for providing differential access to electronic resources for its core members through the Consortium Headquarters at IIT Delhi. As per Table 2, in 2003, the number of core members was 37. In 2009, the number increased to 42 with addition of IISERs. In 2012 the total number of members increased to 62 with addition of new IITs, new NITs, and new IIMs. The consortium has always made continuous effort to include all the centrally funded technical institutions in the INDEST-AICTE consortium.

Each core members had varied teaching programmes, therefore, core members were grouped in different categories to extend differential access to e-resources based on their requirements and specializations. Initially the category of institutions were basically used to denote the level of usage of e-resources, conceived to be highest amongst institutions in Category I, modest in Category II and lowest amongst the Category III. The rates of subscription, number of simultaneous users and number of resources offered to various categories of institutions were worked out based on their usage/suitability to the respective categories of institutions. With the establishment of IISERs, new IITs, new NITs and new IIMs, the number of categories were increased to V (with subcategories IIIA and IIIB in Categories III, IVA and IVB in Category IV) as described below:

  • Category I comprises eight institutions including IITs and IISc;
  • Category II comprises 23 institutions including 20 NITs, Indian School of Mines (ISM), Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), and North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST);
  • Category III comprises 13 institutions including (category III A comprises 5 IISERs and Category IIIB comprises 8 New IITs);
  • Category IV comprises 13 institutions including IIMs, new IIMs, IIITs and National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) includes IVA – IIMs, IVB - IIITs and NITIE, IVC - New IIMs;
  • Group V comprises 4 institutions including 3 NITTTRs and NIFFT.

Category I institutes had a long history of teaching and many research programmes and these were seven IITs (in Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Mumbai and Roorkee) and IISc, Bangalore. Category I institutes subscribe to 25 e-resources through the Consortium which is the largest as given in Table 3. Category II to V institutes through the Consortium subscribe to e-resources as low as 3 to as high of 9. Table 3 gives the e-resources distribution among different core members for 2012.

AICTE Supported Members

 AICTE Supported Members

Since March 2003, AICTE provided financial support to the Government/Government aided institutions and Technical Universities/ University Departments having programmes in engineering and technology. The Consortium provided IEL, ASCE, ASME and/orASTP to 60 institutions with AICTE support based on the courses they offer from 2003 to 2011. These included 37 engineering and technology colleges and 23 universities having engineering departments/faculty.  All 60 Institutions offer postgraduate course in engineering and technology.

Since March 2003, AICTE provided financial support to the Government/Government aided institutions and Technical Universities/ University Departments having programmes in engineering and technology. The Consortium provided IEL, ASCE, ASME and/orASTP to 60 institutions with AICTE support based on the courses they offer from 2003 to 2011. These included 37 engineering and technology colleges and 23 universities having engineering departments/faculty.All 60 Institutions offer postgraduate course in engineering and technology

Self Supported Members

Self Supported Members

The Consortium also helped the technical institution of the country by offering the e-resources on self-support mode. It invited AICTE approved and UGC-affiliated institutions of India to share the benefits of the Consortium. It offered low subscription rates and attractive terms of agreement with the publishers. Prior to the consortium, it was very difficult to afford such high quality e-resources through their own negotiation. The consortium brought a sea change in the whole technical education. The small engineering colleges could afford e-resources which ultimately helped their education and research. Year-wise number of members of the consortium is given in Table 2 since the establishment of the consortium. The self-supported membership started with 18 members in 2003. In 2005 AICTE joined hand with ‘INDEST Consortium and got renamed as ‘INDEST-AICTE Consortium’. AICTE played a pivotal role in enrolling its approved engineering colleges and institutes as member of the Consortium with 6 e-resources (IEL Online, ASCE, ASME, Springer Link, DEL, and ESDU).

There was a huge jump in the membership  from 2006 onwards. AICTE promoted the provision of e-resources with their existing rule for subscription of print journals for individual institutions. In 2007 over 23 e-resources were negotiated by INDEST-AICTE Consortium for the self-supported institutes. The rates of subscription each year are posted at INDEST-AICTE Consortium web site for subscription renewal. There was a constant increase in the number of institutions up to 2011. Over six years the number of engineering colleges serviced were about 1000.

In 2012, AICTE proposed mandatory e-resources for the AICTE affiliated engineering colleges. AICTE negotiated the price with the publishers and asked each institutes to subscribe the e-resources directly through publisher’s websites. The total number of institutions subscribing to e-resources increased to 1500, whereas the consortium provided e-resources to 102 institutes.

Members Statistics

Members Statistics

Total active members :

2015 (159) | 2014 (65) | 2013 (158) | 2012 (191) | 2011 (1176) | 2010 (952) | 2009 (663) | 2008 (577) | 2007 (611) | 2006 (559) | 2005 (152) | 2004 (142) | 2003 (124)

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C o r e   M e m b e r s

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) provides funds required for providing differential access to various electronic resources subscribed by the Consortium for 65 core member institutions. The members of core group of Institutions are as follows:

IITs and IISc(8)

NITs,ISM, SLIET and NERIST(23)

IISERs and New IITs(13)

IIMs(13)

IIIT,IIITM and NITIE(8)

AICTE - supported Members (94)

AICTE provides funds for access to e-resources to (94)Government engineering colleges or technical institutions.

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