Premier Research Institute in Epidemiology

The Institute

This Institute specialized in Research and Training in Epidemiology funded by ICMR.  They conduct research including interventional studies, disease modelling and health systems, helps to develop/modify statistical methodological issues and conducts epidemiological investigations and clinical trials of traditional remedies. This institute is also involved in significantly contributing to development of human resources for epidemiology in India by conducting Masters Programme in Public Health and Field Epidemiology Training Programme.


Issues before eGovernance Software Tool:
  • Islands of Multiple / Duplicate Data
  • Scattered processes
  • Cash Accounting
  • Tedious Payroll Process Cycle
  • Spreadsheet dependent Analysis
  • Spreadsheet driven UC’s & SoE
  • Access to basic information restricted
  • Income Tax Calculation – Manual
  • No Employee Self-Service

Benefits of “SFACTS”
  1. Establishment of Standardized Process and user alignment.
  2. Transparency & Accountability of various transactions
  3. Reduction of time on data entry and effective usage of time on qualitative analysis.
  4. Real Time generation of Reports resulting in efficiency, transparency and effective MIS.
  5. Real Time Integration with Accounts with Automated Financial Postings
  6. Effective and on time Statutory and Regulatory Compliances.
  7. Comprehensive Employee Self-Service Portal – On-line Leave Management; Income Tax Declaration; Income Tax Reports; Loan Summary – Every employee with an exclusive log-in

Central University – MHRD’s Premier Institute

ABOUT THE INSTITUTION:

This University is among the Top 4 Central Universities in India; In South Zone this is rated as No.1 University.  The campus is spread over 2300 acres having over 15 schools and functioning through over 50 departments having 400+ faculties imparting curriculum for over 5000+ students in various streams of academics.


Key Statistics of the Institution :
  • 500+ Funded Projects
  • 400+ Online Users
  • 350+ Project Staff processed every month
  • Project tenure between 1 day to 5 Years
  • Single Project accessed by Multiple PI 

Challenges & Issues:
  • Islands of data on funded projects
  • Accrual Accounting not adopted
  • Data output improper as reconciliation of balances was not accurate
  • Manual processing of payroll / scholarship for over 350+ project staff, JRF & SRF
  • Difficulty in tracking documents in approval
  • Delay in responding to queries on past or ongoing projects

Process adopted during the implementation of SFACTS:
  • Strong domain experience – Grant management, financial compliances, project management, training.
  • Co-ordination with various stakeholders – VC, FO, Deans of Schools, Department Heads, Project Investigators, Dealing Assistants etc.,
  • Rigorous training schedule right from the receipt of Grant till the Generation of Utilization Certificates / SoEs
  • Short Cycle of master data migration to Go Live
  • Trained 300+ users in a short span of 2 months
  • Went live in 2 months
  • Provided on site help desk for effective adoption

Benefits post implementation of SFACTS:

  • Created an on-line approval engine for the stakeholders across the hierarchy, right from submission of bill till its final approval to payment;
  • Enhanced visibility of a document under approval through a single solution
  • Unified single source of data for reports and analytics
  • Achieved 100% process alignment to Accrual Accounting
  • Generate Utilization Certificates, Annual Reports, Statement of Expenditure with click of a button.
  • 100% Alignment to statute – GFR, IT, PT.
  • Real Time project and student analytics.
  • Automated mundane day to day processes

 

 

Institute of National Importance – Research Life Cycle Management

Institution Overview:

Our client  is a multidisciplinary Institute for patient care and academic and research pursuit in the frontier area of Neuro Sciences and is among the institutes of National importance standing as one of the fastest growing  Research Institutions  in India.


Challenges

  • Business processes were not Streamlined / Standardized
  • Availability of unreliable data
  • Person Dependant Process
  • Lack of  Fixed Asset management
  • Enable the research team to focus less on administrative issues and devote greater time in critical research activities with quicker reporting tools for the funding agencies;
  • Enable effective process of finalisation of the financial statement with greater audit compliance

SFACTS Implementation Benefits:

Sthira completed the project with record 5 months, which reflected in a significant increase in the ROI for the client.  Other tangible benefits included the following:

  • 100+ Project Investigator’s were able to access online their 250+ projects collectively, request cash advance,  Item Indent,  Generate UC & SOE
  • Track Fixed Asset Agency Wise, Division Wise, Department Wise, PI Wise & Project Wise.
  • The implementation impacted high visibility of the project operations and financial compliances.
  • The user experienced the power of real time and any time report generation.
  • Easy access to approval status through our Approval Engine across the Institution – Helped in transparency & accountability of the process
  • Track Letter of Credit (LC) for supplies with effective from and to date.
  • Manual entries of data has been eliminated, reducing redundancy and clerical errors
  • Generation of on-line reports across the application – Budget Summary, Commitments Outstanding,  Project Expenditure,  Day Book,  Income & Expenditure, Balance Sheet etc.,
  • It largely helped in:
    • Process integration
    • Smooth access to data across the organization / institution
    • Reductionin process time
    • Enhanced efficiency