NU encourages the students to explore and walk that extra mile, not in someone else’s shoes but in their own. To this end, there are adequately equipped teaching labs and a library with access to books and journals – both in print form and online. The online access is campus-wide hence enabling the students to refer journal material in classroom, labs as well as in their hostel rooms.
The labs are equipped with sufficient numbers of Cathode Ray Oscilloscopes, Storage Oscilloscopes, Function Generators, Power Supplies, Multi-meters, Digital Trainers, Spectrum Analyzer, Mechatronics board with Programmer, experimental kits for Analog and Digital Communication and Digital Signal processing. It has a well-stocked store of discrete components and integrated circuits including micro-controllers, Analog and Digital ICs and different types of electronics components used under these courses. The students build their circuits from scratch on breadboards and printed circuits boards rather than using experimental kits usually available from third-party suppliers. This sharpens their assembling, testing and debugging skills with respect to analog and digital circuits.
NU has four computer labs: a 60-seat Information Technology Lab, a 30-seat Software Engineering Lab, an Interactive classroom (ICR) and a Network Lab. All the computers in these labs are connected through Gigabit LAN and controlled from the data centre of the University; allowing excellent Internet connectivity at all points.
The IT Lab and Software Engineering Lab are also on NIIT’s Imperia network, equipped with the Synchronous learning technique through which our students are exposed to a real-time learning environment. This also gives a fantastic opportunity for industry and academia experts to interact online, thus reducing the constraints of time and space.
The IT and Software Engineering Labs are Windows based while the ICR operates on Linux, which gives a hands-on exposure to our students on both the operating systems. All these labs are equipped with Software packages like StarUML, a critical facet of the teaching learning process. Through these labs, student can connect with the applications hosted centrally on the servers in Data Centre like Prowess database for MBA etc.
Network Lab is also equipped with wireless sensor networks nodes, which gives practical insight to the students on the various aspects of wireless sensor network.
The Biotechnology labs at NU are equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure to carry out research and laboratory courses for students. The USP of Biotechnology at NU is that, each and every student enrolled undergoes extensive hands-on training. Each student is therefore provided with ample space and resources needed to carry out individual experiments. Adequate stocks of consumable chemicals and equipment like microscopes etc. are provided to each student.
Environmental Biotechnology constitutes one of the key areas of research at NU and the Biotechnology labs contains all facilities pertaining to experiments needed to be conducted in this area. Apart from labs wherein practical classes and routine research work is carried out, a separate cold room for storing microbial cultures, housing equipment like fast performance liquid chromatography (FPLC) for protein purification is operational. A constant temperature room (maintained at 37°C) housed with shakers (Kuhner) to incubate large number of variable volume flasks is there in addition to the shakers and BOD incubators (New Brunswick) housed in common laboratories. Cultivation of microbes under sterile conditions is carried out using Laminar Air flow cabinets (Toshiba, India) and Anaerobic chamber (Shel Lab) for cultivation of obligate anaerobes.
The Physics laboratory is equipped with modern equipment to carry out a wide range of experiments in almost all branches of Physics. The students enjoy working in the lab because they learn new concepts by performing these experiments. These experiments include: Measurement of Magnetic Susceptibility, Hall Effect, Ultrasonic Diffraction, Brewster’s Angle, Single and Double Slit Diffraction, Measurement of e/m for electrons, Normal Modes of a Coupled Pendulum, Electromagnetic Induction, LCR Circuit, Newton’s Rings, Diffraction Grating, Polarimeter, Melde’s experiment and Diffraction Grating.
The Chemistry laboratory is equipped to cater to both B.Tech. Chemistry and Ph.D. courses. The lab has facilities for heating, refluxing, weighing, freezing, washing and filtration to be used in preparative and analytical Chemistry. It is equipped with a polarimeter, Beckmann’s apparatus, Stalagmometer, Ostwald viscometer, M.P. apparatus, pH meter, chromatography equipment, high-pressure autoclave, high-pressure vacuum oven, and spectrophotometer.
Educational Technology Lab
The last decade has seen a major growth in development and deployment of computer and web-based learning material, facilitated by major improvements in performance/ price ratio of computing platforms and availability of communication bandwidth. This has led to a renewed research interest in both pedagogy (how children learn) and andragogy (how adults learn) which is the specialisation area of educational technology. Educational Technology practically prepares students to contribute to the thoughtful design, implementation and assessment of educational media and technology initiatives. The focus is on learning and teaching with technology as the means, not the mission, and this is what we explore through our interactions and experiments. We examine cutting-edge technologies that bridge distance and time, highlight the research behind them and the design that goes into their making — while continuing to focus on the cognitive, affective and social dimensions of learning. Major pedagogical and andragogical paradigms (including some which were invented at the University’s research centre) and their connections with technology are explored in-depth. On the job they help create meaningful interactive educational products and content for variety of media such as web, TV, PDAs, and so on.
The library at NU reflects the ethos of the University. It is a major attraction for students as it not only offers a variety of academic information, but also stimulates the intellectual pursuit of students in a conducive ambience.
The library is open from morning till late evening and till mid-night during examinations. Apart from books on technical subjects related to discipline and courses, it houses books of general interest, magazines and daily newspapers. Equipped with more than 113 journals in print, both national and international, the library supports students’ research needs across varied disciplines. The library has also joined EBSCO, which enables the students to access the journals online for finance and management.
The library facilitates purchase of textbooks for students on the basis of individual requests received at the time of registration. The library can be browsed on the intranet from anywhere in the Campus. In order to avail the maximum utilisation of the library resources, online public access catalogue (OPAC) is available on the intranet.
A library is a necessity in one’s academic life, and the library at NU gives a fabulous enabling environment to research and is indeed the ‘room for the birth of ideas’.