New Delhi: “The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) became the first central University in the country to integrate all its business process in back office automation by implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) successfully at its headquarters in New Delhi,” said Pro-Vice Chancellor, IGNOU, Dr. Latha Pillai.

To recognise the efforts put in extensively by the staff members of the University, the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, felicitated the Directors of Schools, Finance Officer, Head of Computer Division and Registrar (Admin) by distributing certificates of recognition.

The awardees were selected through an Award Committee. The selection was done based on some parameters decided by the committee. Based on those parameters, 30 IGNOU users, five Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) consultants and 12 Schools/Division/Sections were selected for the recognition for their significant contribution.

The ERP – People Soft project was started in 2007. All the modules were deployed by end of 2008. Most of the modules are extensively being used by all employees of IGNOU headquarters for all day-to-day transactions such as Leave, Medical, Payroll, Inventory, workforce administration and the financial and accounting transactions.

While starting the proceeding, Dr. V.S.P. Srivastav, Head, Computer Division, IGNOU, welcomed the gathering and congratulated all the awardees for their dedication and hard work in implementing ODL Soft.

Joint Director (ERP) Wg. Cdr. (Retd.) Arun Verma elaborated on ERP activities and expressed sense of gratitude to the Vice Chancellor, Pro- Vice Chancellors and Heads of Schools and Divisions for their constant support and concern for the achievement. It was further informed to the audience that nodal officers from Finance & Account, and Administration Divisions have been instrumental in seamless integration of various modules of the system. Regular follow up and consistent efforts towards the project management, clubbed with TCS support, up to senior level of Mr. Tanmoy Chakraborty, VP & Head, Govt. Industry Solution Unit, have proved to be pivotal for the delivery of the project in reasonable time frame.

The Vice-Chancellor while congratulating the awardees emphasised the need of change in management while going for such kind of project at enterprise level. He further mentioned that it is natural to have reluctance in adopting the changes, whether it is a new process or a new technology. He thanked all the awardees for their commitment and involvement in making the ERP project successful and expressed that further processes need to get integrated to have holistic system at the university level.

The five year project was started in the last quarter of 2007. Now, all transactions are captured centrally in ORACLE database, giving rise to consistent and authenticated data flow and MIS. The work has been accomplished using PeopleSoft modules, FSCM and HRMS through TCS as the system integrator.