Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Center
Date of Inauguration: 27 November 2006
Inaugurated by: Pervaiz Mushrraf, Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Core Facility: Digital Library, Video Conferencing Facility , Science for All
Digital Library currently has the following facilities:
- High speed internet connectivity (110 MB) through PERN2 Educational intranet connectivity with all major universities of Pakistan through PERN2 (Pakistan Educational Research Network)
- Online literature survey through SciFinder Scholar
- Computer terminals for 158 simultaneous users, connected through a local area network
- Access of digital resources through Wi-Fi in the entire campus.
- Community of Science-Funding opportunity
- Software Library
- Online and Offline Databases
- Online Journals
- Online Text Books
- High Resolution Scanners
|Knowledge Center-I||Knowledge Center-II|
Available Digital Resources in various disciplines:
Ø Cambridge University Press
Ø Elsevier (Science Direct
Ø Elin@ Pakistan
Ø National Academies Press (NAP)
Ø Royal Society - Royal Society Journals Online
Ø Science Online
Ø Taylor & Francis Journals
Ø Wiley - Blackwell Journals
|McGraw Hill Collections:|
Digital library has acquired following McGraw Hill collections for all the digital library registered institutions:
McGraw-Hill's Access Engineering
McGraw-Hill's Access Medicine
McGraw-Hill's Access Science
L.E.J. Center has an excellent collection of information on CD’s, in the form of software and databases, related to various fields of sciences, engineering, and information technology.
Dictionary of Natural Products
Wiley NMR and Mass Spectral Databases
American Chemical Society Databases
Cambridge Structural Database System
Video Conferencing Facility
The Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Center is being equipped with the video conferencing facility. The video conferencing equipment which is being purchased for this purpose is according to the specifications of the H.E.C. and is manufactured by internationally reputed companies (i.e. Tandberg and Polycom).
Video Conferencing Hall
|Video Lectures Halls:|
Video Lecture facilities are now fully functional and students of different institutions are regularly visiting and benefiting from this facility. Video lectures are delivered by eminent scientists and scholars on topics related to chemistry, biochemical science, molecular medicine, engineering, mathematics, information technology as well as social science subjects. One of the major goals is to build up scientific approach and awareness in the young students of various schools and colleges through these facilities. For this purpose, we have invited several schools and colleges to attend these knowledge-based lectures. This Center is also publishing newsletter on weekly basis through which information regarding the new updates in Digital Library and coming up lectures is circulated to various departments of University of Karachi.
We have also arranged Video lectures on topics related to Sciences and Engineering and Information Technology. These lectures have been collected from different sites including MIT, University of California, Burnnle University, NIH, and Research Channels. We are also arranging easy to understand lectures for the school level students
THEN & VEPP
A model for educational change for the developing world
The higher education sectors of the developing world are deeply in need of highly trained scholars to deliver a basic undergraduate curriculum but cannot afford to replace local faculty with western- trained academics.
|Basic Concept of VEPP:|
The Virtual Education Project Pakistan is conceptualized by academics in Pakistan and is built on the premise that academics around the world and from a variety of disciplines (Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Social Sciences) would deliver courses/lectures to students in the developing world through video conferencing technology.
The technology now exists to broadcast those lectures into the classrooms of participant institutions across Pakistan owing to major investment in the higher education sector of Pakistan over the last eight years. With careful planning and coordination, curricular support could be solicited, organized and offered to university campuses, all through video conferencing technology.
Further information about The Virtual Education Project Pakistan can be found at http://www.iccs.edu
|How Scholars are approached to Join VEPP:|
The Virtual Education Project Pakistan a platform on which a global network of scholars with an interest in the developing world can come together. These scholars are approached both directly by the programme directors and indirectly through academic organizations such as the New York Academy of Sciences.
|How Technology is Used to Deliver Course/ Lectures:|
The model on which the VEPP project runs is based on existing university infrastructure and technology. Unlike other Distance Learning models, the VEPP project supplements but does not replace traditional learning environment.
Basic investment in the Video Conferencing Technology which this project relies on has already been made by the Higher Education Commission over the last 7 years. Through HEC trained staff, universities maintain network uplinks to a central server through which courses are broadcast in real-time.
Enrolled students are expected to attend VEPP courses, engage with the lecturer, and complete all assignments set by the instructor.
Quick overview about VEPP from January to December 2016
|1||Number of Courses delivered||16|
|2||Number of Students attended these courses||1632|
|3||Number of Universities participated in these courses||26|
|4||Total number of lectures delivered||593|
Note: All online lectures of courses, workshops and additional lectures (not part of courses) are also available at http://streaming.hec.gov.pkdelivered under VEPP from January-December 2016.
|Progress to Data Degree-Level Courses:|
The project’s use of video conferencing technology to enhance the curriculum of Pakistani universities commenced five years ago. Since then, over 3500 separate lectures have been delivered.
Since January 2011, the first video-conferencing based comprehensive courses meeting the course requirements of students have been launched. These courses, offered by eminent scientists from around the world, include 1, 2 and 3 credit hour courses in Mass Spectrometry, Bioinformatics, Computer Sciences and Nanotechnology as well as undergraduate courses in Biology and Chemistry.
Students enrolled in these courses through partner institutions are registered with the VEPP office, they complete assessments which are marked through the VEPP programme and are given course grades which are communicated to their home institutions. The home institutions include VEPP course credit and course grades on their respective students’ transcripts.