The Classroom Facilities Unit is responsible for the physical teaching & learning environment in general purpose classrooms. This includes classroom facilities operation and readiness, including maintenance and upkeep of central classrooms and all furnishings.
Several NISWASS classrooms are equipped with A/V equipment that can be used for instruction, conferences and meetings. The large classrooms have all basic instructional equipments,while smaller classrooms and conference halls have both audio and visual devices as per requirements. Portable projectors can also be borrowed for use in rooms that do not have projectors installed.
Computers have become an important part of our lives. These are used in varieties of settings within the educational field. The Computer Centre of NISWASS was established in the year 2000 with the objective of bringing computer education within the reach of the students, teachers and other staffs of the institute. Gradually the Centre has improved in infrastructure and has started Certificate and Diploma courses in computer application.Infrastructure
- A computer center with 60 computers with internet for students’ use.
- Video Conferencing System.
- Digital LCD projector with Screen.
- LAN with internet facility upto 8mbps uploading and downloading speed.
- Wi-Fi system.
- Maintenance of all computers, servers and printers in the institute.
- All Computer backup system with 40 KV Online UPS.
- Maintenance of website http://www.niswass.org and Academic Information Package (AIS).
- Domain Mail ID.
- The Lingua Phone in English.
- Smart Board.
- SPSS training to Faculty Members and Ph.D students.
- Training of all NISWASS students in computer operation in partnership with NIIT.
- Training in computer Fundamental, application software and Internet for 3 months.
- NIIT for Training.
- XIMB in Technical areas.
NISWASS has set up an English language laboratory for practising written and spoken English. The objective of the laboratory is to help the students who are deficient in English, confidence-building for interviews and competitive examinations. The classes are attended by the first year undergraduate and post graduate students and those who voluntarily opt for it.
NISWASS has a growing library. It is small, yet functional and has latest publications in the relevant fields which engage the faculty and students. It offers students, staff, research scholars and visitors, a good selection of books on Social Work and social sciences. Aware of the fact that Social Work is a multi-disciplinary subject and keeping in view the readers’ need, we are trying to widen its reference and issue sections. We have already embarked upon a process of modernization,
upgradation and linking with other libraries. With the expansion of the different departments in the Institute, the volume of books in the library is growing fast. The total collection of books is 20,000. The number of periodicals both from India and abroad being subscribed by in all the three centers viz. Bhubaneswar, Sundergarh and Phulbani is about 100. The library is part of the UGC-INFLIBNET and through it offers a whole range of e-journals and e-books.They cover a wide range of subjects from economics, demography, culture, occupation, attitude, leadership, perception, aspiration, development, motivation, management etc. Most of the data including village data of the entire state having more than 50 villages have been updated upto 2001.
The data holding unit of the Institute is not only meant to cater to the needs of staff and students, but also is thrown open to interested public and made available to research scholars. Most of our studies were cross-sectional, having historical, social, psychological, financial and cultural implications. The studies had new objectives and strategies in the context of accelerating the development process of the State in general and vulnerable or weaker sections of the population in particular. These relate to community and regional studies, with specific reference to social and economic development in various scenarios including science and technology, micro-level planning, social inputs, forests and environment, conditions of women and children, effects of development etc.
The data were collected mainly from two sources : primary and secondary. The data have their sources not only in the Census handbooks, but also other publications besides newspapers, bulletins etc.
With the help of the Department of Electronics, Planning Commission, Government of India, NISWASS has established a link with the National Informatics Centre (NICNET) at Bhubaneswar. A computer terminal has been set up in NISWASS and has started data processing functions with the help of NICNET. Computerising the data and building up bibliographical records has been started.Documentation Activities
Its primary purpose is to collect and document relevant material on various themes in Social Work, Social Communication and related fields. The following are some of the activities being carried out in the Institute :
1. Documentation in Social Work (DSW) and Social Communication (DSC) related fields, monthly,quarterly and yearly magazines and journals are brought out in
bound volumes for back references.
2. The Newspaper Clippings service has been continuing. Regularly fifteen newspapers are scanned to select items of interest to this Institute.
3. We have reference/issue services based on catalogue and classification, for easy services for faculty and students.
4. From 1993-94, we have started documentation and collection of books on Dalit Literature for the Ambedkar Chair.
5. We have started NISWASS Study Circle, where both the students and staff of the Institute take part.
6. The library has photocopy facilities.
NISWASS offers Hostel facilities to its women students coming from parts of the state. Admission in student’s hostels shall be granted to the most meritorious ones across various Faculties, Departments and Centers. A Hostel Welfare Association comprising of residents help the administration in maintaining clean, healthy, vibrant atmosphere on the campus. Residents actively participate in various Cultural activities, games/ sports, seminars, debates and discussion etc.
In view of limited hostel accommodations, the candidates should note that their admission to NISWASS does not guarantee allotment of hostel accommodation and so far NISWASS is providing hostel accommodation only to girls. Girl students from outside of the respected localities of NISWASS institution are more likely to get hostel accommodation in the first year itself, subject to availability of seats in the hostel. Annual hostel charges are payable in advance at the time of allotment. It will be incumbent upon the student admitted to the hostel to join the mess. Mess fee may be revised at any time due to escalation in the prices of essential commodities. The students admitted to the hostel are entitled to stay in the hostel during the academic session only and are required to vacate the rooms during the summer vacations for maintenance work. Students are also not allowed to install air-conditioners or any other electric appliances requiring high energy consumption.
It may also be noted that NISWASS does not have provision of accommodation for married students who intend to stay with their family. They have to make their own arrangements outside the campus. Private accommodation around the university campus may be available on rent.
The executive hostel is under construction.