The Central Library of NITR has just been named after Biju Patnaik – the former Chief Minister of Orissa. It has been started functional since 1965. At present, the library presently holds about 59,000 books and 15,000 back volumes of periodicals. Apart from the online journals and standards provided by INDEST-AICTE consortium, the library has purchased license to access more than 2000 online science and technology research journals to support local research activity. Prior to that, the BPCL has many ISI codes, educational video courses & cassettes and CD-ROMS etc.
The BPCL is automated with integrated library software package called Libsys – LSmart and modernized with latest Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based automation system that facilitates self check-in, self check-out and automatic security system. This technology offers fastest, easiest, most efficient way to track, locate and manage library materials. The RFID system counts more than 1.2 lakhs transactions (issue, return and renewal) in a year.
Initiatives The BPCL had undertaken various initiatives such as Institutional Repository (IR), Electronic Thesis and Dissertations (ETD), Web-based video courses, Blog etc.
IR is an open access repository system http://dspace.nitrkl.ac.in/dspace to make the local research outputs (journal papers, conference papers, book chapters and doctoral theses) visible and accessible to the globe without any barrier. It holds a little less than 1256 documents presently.
ETD is an institutional open access thesis and dissertations repository of National Institute of Technology Rourkela http://ethesis.nitrkl.ac.in/. It is mandatory for students of all courses (BTech, MTech, MTech by Research, MSc and PhD) and from all disciplines to upload the final version of the theses submitted as partial fulfillment of degree.
Web-based video courses called ‘OpenCourseWare’ of NPTEL program is collaborative project of IITs and IISc Bangalore. The library acquired 5 major engineering disciplines such as civil, computer science and engineering, electrical, electronics and communication and mechanical engineering at the undergraduate (B.E./B.Tech) level.
Blog called ‘Library Services Blog’ is an intellectual tool of information publication and dissemination for local users. It alerts and informs patrons about the late developments in the field of science, engineering, technology, management and humanities.
Open Access to Oriya Books (OAOB) [http://oaob.nitrkl.ac.in/] is a not-for-profit project, initiated by National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Srujanika, Bhubaneswar and Pragati Utkal Sangh, Rourkela. The mission of the project is to preserve cultural history of Orissa by digitizing old, rare and new literary and other texts written in the Oriya language.
The primary focus is to digitize rare and copyright-free Oriya documents (books, texts and manuscripts) which are under deteriorating condition in libraries, archives and individual collections in order to make them openly accessible to all.
The Computing Infrastructure at Computer Centre Consist of Servers, Storage Devices and Thin Clients All Servers are IBM manufactured.
Servers: There are 4 no:s of Application Servers, each of these Servers have Dual CPU, Intel – Xeon 2.8 GHz Processor, 8 GBytes of RAM, RAID Controller, 2 x 72GB SCSI drive. These Servers are IBM X365 Servers.
There are 8 more servers each with Dual Intel Xeon 2.8 GHz DP Processor, 2 GB RAM, 4 x 36GB SCSI drive, RAID-5 Controller. These Servers are used as Authentication Servers, File Server, Mail Server, Intranet Portal Server, Database Application Servers and Library Resource Server. There are IBM X345 Servers.
Storage: The Institute has 1TB of fibre channel storage device. The facility consists of IBM Fas T600 with 1 TB of storage, a NAS Gateway and 2 no:s of IBM SAN Switch. The servers can access this storage directly. There is also 4 TB of LTO back library.
Thin Client Lab: The Computer Centre has a thin client lab with 72 thin clients connected to Windows 2003 ES and Linux Server. All hostels also have 30 thin clients with Windows XP embedded for round the clock operation.
Banking Facilities in NIT are extended by State Bank of India through its REC Campus, Rourkela Branch that is located in the NIT premises. The branch has been in operation from 20/01/1977 and was fully computerised on 22/02/1997. ATM facility, Internet Banking, Telebanking are available here.
Physical Education and Sports
Our Institute Physical Education and Sports department have been conducting physical education and sports activities, facilities for football, cricket, basketball, hockey, volleyball, badminton, lawn tennis, table tennis, atheletics and gymnastics.
An attractive stadium with pavilion for 700 spectators with its rest room and well equipped gymnasium is available to improve the physical fitness for the students as well as to engage them during their recreation hours. Students have made the best utilization of the facilities. They have indoor games facilities inside hostel compounds.
The Audiovisual Club provides entertainment to students and staff members, by way of screening Hindi/English/Oriya films once or twice a week. The club is equipped with two 35 mm projectors along with its accessories to screenfilms. A stand by generator is also connected to meet the requirements during power failure time. Members are provided with entry passes for easy identification and unauthorised entry of outsiders. The club also extends financial support to the Electronics and Photography club so as to help the students to develop their skills in photography and electronics hobbies. The club organises film festivals once or twice a year.