SVKM’s NMIMS Deemed-to-be University’s Mumbai Campus is conveniently located at JVPD Scheme, close to the Domestic and International Terminals of the airport in the financial and commercial capital of the country, Mumbai. It has seven Schools in its ambit with each School operating like an independent business unit and having its separate infrastructure.
The campus has 40,000 square feet of built up area. Each of the Schools have classrooms, seminar and the conference halls, MDP centres, Libraries, Computer centres that are fully air-conditioned and equipped with multimedia and other instructional hardware.
All classrooms on the campus are air-conditioned and have ceiling mounted LCDs. Most classrooms have a capacity of 60.
The R. M. Desai Library Learning Resource Centre at the NMIMS and the School of Business Management and libraries of each of the Schools are well furnished and air conditioned with a total stock of more than 47,000 volumes and subscribes to about 308 Indian and Foreign periodicals spanning all aspects of management. The libraries also house 520 video’s, 320 audio’s, 190 CD’s, 275 VCD’s, annual reports, management games, news clippings, newsletters and case studies. The open access system facilitates free use of books on the shelf.
In addition to the regular services, NMIMS also provides facilities like inter library loans, audio listening facilities, etc. A photocopier is available within the library to make extraction of information easier. The library also organizes book exhibitions during the year.
The library is a member of BCL (British Council Library), AIRC (American Information Resource Centre), BMA (Bombay Management Association), MANLIBNET (Management Library Network), AVEHI (Audio Video Edu Resource Centre), Advance Standard Council of India and ECCH (European Case Clearing House Ltd). Library also has tie ups with Harvard Business School for cases for other Harvard products.
Library services provided are – Reference Service, ILL-Inter Library Loan, Current Awareness Service (CAS), Info Alert/SDI – Selective Dissemination of Information, TOC of the day, Library Databases.
Today’s business environment is more competitive than ever before and corporations that are capable of acting on today’s business demands and realising tomorrow’s opportunities have the cutting edge. Many of the Middle and Senior Management from leading companies have participated in the various Management Development Programs organized by NMIMS.
NMIMS houses a state-of-the-art Management Development Program(MDP) hall. MDPs for the industry are a regular feature of the NMIMS’s interaction with the corporate world. Programs are custom designed to suit the requirements of individual organizations and also retailed.
The Audio Interactive Language Lab
NMIMS has pioneered the initiative of scientifically assisting students in preparing for Group Discussions or Job Interviews by developing an Audio Interactive Language Lab on the campus. This move is mainly directed towards making the students display the right internal personality driven message to their recruiters during a corporate placement, group discussions or interviews that are lining-up in the campus. This is how the system functions: The teacher records and makes a master lesson with as many copies possible. The student does all his work on this pre-recorded tape copy. On playing back, the student gets the teacher’s voice followed by his own, giving him an instant comparison of his performance with the model. There are separate audio consoles in which clusters of students are seated in demarcated boxes to conduct the practice sessions. So an original tape with the teacher’s voice, the copies with the student’s voice and the headphones for comparison arrive as the obvious audio instruments to learn the dictums in communication like a song.
The Computer Centres are equipped with branded 60 branded personal computers adequately supported by 4 MBPS leased line for Internet connectivity. They are also equipped with a wide range of licensed system software and applications software. The entire campus is connected with Wi-Fi network.
Highlights of I.T. Infrastructure
Higher education relies a lot on I.T. infrastructural resources. NMIMS has been consciously and consistently building its I.T. infrastructure since its inception. We have embraced technology to a very great extent.
- Air-conditioned classrooms with PC and LCD projectors integrated with campus wide network
- Fiber optic network backbone and 100 MBPS Ethernet technology connecting all classrooms and departments.
- 4 MBPS leased line for Internet connectivity round the clock
- Branded World-class Wireless secured Hotspots.
- Branded World-class High end Servers.
- Branded World-class High end Desktop Computers.
- NAS Storage systems for Maintaining Campus wide database and connectivity..
- Multiple Level Hardware Firewall to protect the entire network.
- Academic ERP-Integrated Institute Management System covering On Line Transaction Processing and M.I.S. from Admission to Evaluation integrating Library, Purchase & Accounts.
- Each student equipped with branded Laptops.
The Campus Network is based on a fiber optic back bone and 100 MBPS Ethernet technologies. The Campus Network covers all schools, class rooms, library, faculty and staff. The intranet has 425 computers which are interconnected by a fiber optic network. Every classroom is equipped with PC and LCD projectors integrated with campus wide network.
In addition to the wired network, the entire campus has a parallel Secured wireless network. You will be able to access the entire networked resources from virtually anywhere in the campus.
Notebooks for everyone
Full Time students are equipped with a laptop, which allows them to access the learning resources available on the Campus Network and the Internet round the clock. Thus, it makes it possible for the students to access information resources anywhere and anytime in the campus.
Internet@ 4 mbps
All members on the intranet have access to Internet 24 hours a day, through 4 mbps Leased Line. The Internet bandwidth is being enhanced every year. This has been a pioneering effort by NMIMS.
Computer Centre & Services
The Computer Centre has over 60 Pentium IV PCs in LAN, Printers, Scanners, DVD burners, Digital Cameras. The Computer Resource Centre provides various network based services such as Internet, Groupware, Database, Proxy, Email, Laser Printing, and Laptops & standalone LCD Projectors.
The software environment includes SQL Server DBMS, SPSS, Rational Enterprise suite, MS Office (Campus Wide License), MS Projects, Simulation packages, Visual and Object Oriented Languages like Visual Basic & Visual C++ and Java.
Integrated Institute Management System
NMIMS has deployed an integrated Institute Management System designed to track and manage the day-to-day activities of the NMIMS. It is a complete automated administration solution designed to enhance the productivity of staff through automated and integrated processes.
This system acts as an Online Transaction Processing system able to handle large volumes of data as well as a Management Information System that provides the much-needed management reporting.
The system covers the modules such as student and registration, employee/faculty details, attendance recording and reporting, time-table/schedules, examination and results, library management, integrated accounts/inventory, payroll, purchase and fixed assets.
The most significant benefit of this system has been the creation of a central repository of data on students, faculty, staff, programs and courses which can be seen by those who have the access rights.
The Road ahead
All these initiatives have placed the NMIMS on a maturity level where it can expand to a new horizon and act as a model for the Indian academic institutions. The journey has just started; new vistas have opened new challenges of organizing, filtering, processing and preserving the enormous information and knowledge. The NMIMS has already put in place a plan to implement a Learning and Content Management system to manage the vast knowledge and create an online learning environment. Once this last leg of modernization gets accomplished, it has a potential to generate numerous knowledge hubs within the current framework. These hubs once synergized possess the power to accelerate knowledge capture and dissemination, thereby enabling NMIMS to compete in the global environment.