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Das, AK (2015). Mapping of University Presses in India: Pattern of Knowledge Production and Dissemination. Annals of Library and Information Studies, 62(2), 57-67. http://nopr.niscair.res.in/bitstream/123456789/31960/1/ALIS%2062%282%29%2057-67.pdf
Presented at International Conference on Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics, Institutions and Networks; 18-20 November 2013; at IIAS, Leiden, Netherlands.
Abstract: Academic presses in India have long standing in production of knowledge and knowledge dissemination to worldwide learned communities. Century-old universities in India, which were started during colonial period, had established their own university presses to publish research monographs and other publications, for engaging with an extended scholarly community, and outreaching to general audience of educated citizens. Some of these university presses in India are now becoming extinct as university authorities find them non-functional or dead entity with no possibility of resource mobilization. However, few universities and academic institutions are still maintaining their university presses. The advanced studies institutions in India, such as Asiatic Society of Calcutta, Indian Institute of Advanced Study of Shimla, have very-rich experience of academic publishing. They have created a space for mutual learning through their prestigious fellowship programmes and postdoctoral research studies. Their interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches have been appreciated by worldwide learned communities. Fusion and handholding of academic disciplines have created an environment of mutual learning, benefiting researchers understanding others’ disciplines. In recent time, we also see the death of university presses in India. Many university presses were shut down that implicate low interest of academic communities in sustaining this model of knowledge production. Some university presses only publish text-books for their undergraduate or postgraduate students. A declining trend in publishing new monographs is recorded. Low technology-penetration, particularly ICT, has made them virtually non-visible in the cyberspace. This constructs a disconnect with worldwide academic communities. On the other hand, some sustaining academic presses have embraced ICT tools for outreaching wider academic communities through cyberspace with their new academic titles. They also collaborate with established commercial publishers exploring co-publishing option. New collaborations have helped in regaining confidence of best academic minds in publishing their books through these age-old not-for-profit academic presses. This paper narrates present status of university presses in India, and how they are integrated with their prestigious fellowship programmes as knowledge dissemination channel.