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National Faculty Expertise System

NFES is a nation wide, web based, searchable electronic respository that acquires, maintains, and provides information regarding the research interests and publications of faculty members within and across various educational institutions under MHRD.

NFES identifies faculty members having expertise in designated topic areas and provides their publication information. One of the objectives of NFES is to enhance research collaboration among faculty members within and between various educational institutions in the country. NFES will thereby facilitate the development of new interdisciplinary research programs that require the synergy of faculty members with expertise in diverse areas.

Data is maintained and updated by departments or individuals; faculty controls the privacy of their own information. Faculty research data can be rendered in any format, from searchable directories to faculty web pages, from curriculum vitae to departmental publications lists. Standard XML-based system architecture, with builtin automatic archiving capability, guarantees that the data is portable and reusable. A powerful templating engine lets each faculty customizes the system to meet their own needs, and publish to the web in their own way. Integration with annual faculty evaluations process ensures up-to-date information without increasing faculty workload or administrative overhead.

The NFES interacts easily with other enterprise information systems. Teaching schedules, departmental course listings, and grants information can be pulled in from other university systems, displayed on the department's web site, and automatically updated.

The information in NFES can be published or displayed in any format. For example, data may be selectively displayed as:

  • web pages for individual faculty members
  • a departmental directory
  • a list of departmental course offerings
  • a list of departmental publications and/or research interests
  • a list of current departmental news, with RSS feeds
  • a curriculum vitae, which may be viewed as a web page or downloaded as a PDF document
  • a report to the HoD for annual review purposes, if needed
  • a means to manage departmental email lists, and make them easily accessible to department members