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Chennai: All five lakh students studying in engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu will get access to 20,000 e-books and 3,000 e-journals from Aug under a new initiative of Anna University.This will come as a fillip to several students who study in engineering colleges in rural areas too.Under the Anna University e-resource consortium model, engineering students can access the vast e-resources for an annual subscription fee of 500. They can access interactive e-books and explanatory videos from their mobiles, laptops and desktops.“Students in any rural engineering colleges will now be able to access the same number of e-books and e-journals as their counterparts in College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG),” Anna University vice-chancellor R Velraj said.Students will get access to international engineering books, some of which that may have gone out of print as well.More than 70,000 faculty members from engineering colleges will have free access to these e-resources. “It will help the engineering colleges to improve their research publications, NBA, NAAC accreditations and NIRF rankings,” Velraj said .Publishers are also likely to train faculty members in publishing research papers.“In Anna University campuses, the use of library books has increased by 60% in the last one year after we gave access to e-resources on mobile phones. We expect the same increase in usage of books for all colleges,” said D Arivudainambi, director, university library.Further, the consortium model subscription will bring down the cost that each college is spending towards libraries. “While the cost will reduce by 50% for each college, their access to e-resources will increase by ten-fold this year,” he added.The ME, MTech students will have a subscription fee of 1,500 and PhD scholars may have to pay 3,000 as annual subscription fee.Research scholars and students can also check their research papers and thesis in a anti-plagiarism software ‘Turnitin’, before publishing them.The university says the number of e-books to be available under the initiative will increase in the coming years.The Union govt is following the consortium based subscription model for IITs and NITs.

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