LIS Educational Trend in India:LIS Educational Trend in India:
where are we heading to?where are we heading to?
Table of C...
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Historical BackgroundHistorical Background
 Pre-independencePre-independence
The foundation o...
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Post-independencePost-independence
1951 University of Delhi started first Master in Library Sc...
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Current DevelopmentCurrent Development
Presently 120 universities are offering bachelor’s degr...
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Present Trend in LIS Education InPresent Trend in LIS Education In
IndiaIndia
 Inception of I...
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Levels of LIS EducationLevels of LIS Education
CertificateCertificate
BLISBLIS
------ PG Diplo...
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Reinventing and Redefining theReinventing and Redefining the
LIS Educational ObjectiveLIS Educ...
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One can be trained in the technology, but its effective useOne can be trained in the technolog...
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 We must not forget that computer is only our tool. It’s neitherWe must not forget that compu...
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Where are we heading to?Where are we heading to?
Present Focus of Library EducationPresent Foc...
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Trend 2
 LIS schools are offering instruction in different formats toLIS schools are offering...
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Trend 5
 Neglected information demand in every layer of theNeglected information demand in ev...
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Focus should be on …Focus should be on …
 Course Curriculum should have a great focus to serv...
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 Focus should be on the dissemination of scientificFocus should be on the dissemination of sc...
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Suggestions for a BetterSuggestions for a Better
TomorrowTomorrow
However, sixty years is enou...
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  1. 1. LIS Educational Trend in India:LIS Educational Trend in India: where are we heading to?where are we heading to? Table of ContentsTable of Contents 1.1. Historical BackgroundHistorical Background 2.2. Current DevelopmentCurrent Development 3.3. Present Trend in LIS Education inPresent Trend in LIS Education in IndiaIndia 4.4. Levels of LIS EducationLevels of LIS Education 5.5. Reinventing & Redesigning the LISReinventing & Redesigning the LIS Educational objectivesEducational objectives 6.6. Where are we heading to?Where are we heading to? 7.7. Focus Should be on…..Focus Should be on….. 8.8. Suggestions for a better tomorrowSuggestions for a better tomorrow Dr. Sabuj Kumar Chaudhuri, Librarian, Basanti Devi College, Kol-29
  2. 2. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Historical BackgroundHistorical Background  Pre-independencePre-independence The foundation of LIS education in India dates back in 1911 when W.A.Borden, An American disciple of Melvil Dewey,for the first time started a short term training programme in library science at Baroda under the patronage of Maharaja Sayajirao III, Gaekwad of Baroda 1915 – Asa Don Diconson, an American, who was the Librarian of Punjab University,Lahore (now in Pakistan) started a training programme at Punjab University. 1931 – University of Madras (Certificate Course) 1935 –Andhra University (First Diploma Program) 1937 –Madras University (First 1 Yr. PG Diploma) 1941 – Banaras Hindu University (PG Diploma) 1943 – Bombay University (Diploma in Librarianship) 1945 – University of Calcutta (Diploma in Librarianship) 1947 –University of Delhi (PG Diploma in Librarianship)
  3. 3. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Post-independencePost-independence 1951 University of Delhi started first Master in Library Science(M.Lib.Sc). 1956 to1959, six new LIS departments were established at Aligarh Muslim University, M.S.University of Baroda, Nagpur University, Osmania University, Pune University and Vikram University. Since 1960s, the number of LIS departments established has continued to increase. 1972 University of Delhi started first MLIS program 1978 University of Delhi started first MPhil program 1960 Two well-known documentation centres in India viz. Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC) and Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre (INSDOC) started offering Associateship in Information Science in 1962 and 1964 respectively. 1957-University of Delhi first awarded PhD to D B Krishna Rao
  4. 4. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Current DevelopmentCurrent Development Presently 120 universities are offering bachelor’s degree,Presently 120 universities are offering bachelor’s degree, 78 are offering master’s degree, 21 are offering two-year78 are offering master’s degree, 21 are offering two-year integrated course, 16 universities are offering M.Philintegrated course, 16 universities are offering M.Phil degree, and 63 are offering Ph.D. degree. In addition,degree, and 63 are offering Ph.D. degree. In addition, NISCAIR (formerly INSDOC), New Delhi and DRTC,NISCAIR (formerly INSDOC), New Delhi and DRTC, Bangalore are offering a two-year Associateship inBangalore are offering a two-year Associateship in Information Science, which is recognized by someInformation Science, which is recognized by some universities as equivalent to Master’s degree.universities as equivalent to Master’s degree.
  5. 5. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Present Trend in LIS Education InPresent Trend in LIS Education In IndiaIndia  Inception of ICTInception of ICT  Growth of Distance Education ProgramsGrowth of Distance Education Programs  Impact on curriculum contentImpact on curriculum content  Various interdisciplinary researchVarious interdisciplinary research  Full-fledged DepartmentFull-fledged Department  Trained Faculty MembersTrained Faculty Members  IT exposure to studentsIT exposure to students
  6. 6. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Levels of LIS EducationLevels of LIS Education CertificateCertificate BLISBLIS ------ PG Diploma in Computer Application,Library------ PG Diploma in Computer Application,Library Automation, Archives & Documentation ManagementAutomation, Archives & Documentation Management MLISMLIS AIS (NISCAIR/DRTC)AIS (NISCAIR/DRTC) MPhilMPhil PhDPhD DLittDLitt
  7. 7. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Reinventing and Redefining theReinventing and Redefining the LIS Educational ObjectiveLIS Educational Objective  Are we prepared for the new information era?Are we prepared for the new information era?  Is our present course curriculum socially relevant &Is our present course curriculum socially relevant & Compatible with the social change?Compatible with the social change?  Does it serve the common people living in the remotestDoes it serve the common people living in the remotest villages?villages?  Will it be able to meet up the information demand of theWill it be able to meet up the information demand of the 2121stst Century or beyond?Century or beyond?  Is our curriculum designed to serve the academicIs our curriculum designed to serve the academic community alone?community alone? contd…contd…
  8. 8. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 One can be trained in the technology, but its effective useOne can be trained in the technology, but its effective use lies in the creativity and understanding of the individual. Alies in the creativity and understanding of the individual. A thorough understanding requires a thorough education.thorough understanding requires a thorough education. Education can be thought of as training in a way ofEducation can be thought of as training in a way of thinking. ICT is ever changing and with this change manythinking. ICT is ever changing and with this change many new jargons like Library 2.0, Web 2.0, and Internet 2.0 etc.new jargons like Library 2.0, Web 2.0, and Internet 2.0 etc. are being coined each and everyday. Without going to theare being coined each and everyday. Without going to the core of these terms, this can be said that possibly we arecore of these terms, this can be said that possibly we are much interested in discovering new terms but notmuch interested in discovering new terms but not interested to serve our common people by providinginterested to serve our common people by providing information they really need.information they really need. contd….contd….
  9. 9. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25  We must not forget that computer is only our tool. It’s neitherWe must not forget that computer is only our tool. It’s neither destination nor objective.destination nor objective.  Possibly no common people do understand the role of a librarian asPossibly no common people do understand the role of a librarian as information provider who can provide the right informationinformation provider who can provide the right information  We have to take the advantage of ICT to serve our common people.We have to take the advantage of ICT to serve our common people. We will make our nation information rich that will help India to shedWe will make our nation information rich that will help India to shed off its developing nation tag to developed nation tag. We have tooff its developing nation tag to developed nation tag. We have to redesign our course content keeping in view of our social need,redesign our course content keeping in view of our social need, context, and information requirement from all the strata of thecontext, and information requirement from all the strata of the society but not the academic community alone. Above all coursesociety but not the academic community alone. Above all course content should be designed to make original thinkers like othercontent should be designed to make original thinkers like other academic disciplines.academic disciplines.
  10. 10. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Where are we heading to?Where are we heading to? Present Focus of Library EducationPresent Focus of Library Education Trend 1Trend 1  LIS schools are increasing their investment andLIS schools are increasing their investment and infusion of information technology into theirinfusion of information technology into their curricula without innovation & judgment in thecurricula without innovation & judgment in the light of relevancylight of relevancy  Integrating digital technologies &Integrating digital technologies & overemphasized ICT content into their courses.overemphasized ICT content into their courses.  discovering new jargons for old services -itsdiscovering new jargons for old services -its deviated from its basic philosophy & objectivesdeviated from its basic philosophy & objectives contd…contd…
  11. 11. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Trend 2  LIS schools are offering instruction in different formats toLIS schools are offering instruction in different formats to provide students with more flexibilityprovide students with more flexibility Campus-based programs, distance education, Internet-Campus-based programs, distance education, Internet- based course delivery.based course delivery. Trend 3  LIS schools are oriented to serve academic community mainly. Trend 4  Very less scope of specialization and thus less equippedVery less scope of specialization and thus less equipped to serve people in specialized field.to serve people in specialized field. contd….
  12. 12. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Trend 5  Neglected information demand in every layer of theNeglected information demand in every layer of the societysociety Trend 6Trend 6  No Serious Commitment to make the LIS fieldNo Serious Commitment to make the LIS field professional in real senseprofessional in real sense Trend 7Trend 7  Negligible amount of academic content to make originalNegligible amount of academic content to make original thinker like other academic disciplinesthinker like other academic disciplines Trend 8Trend 8  There is no quality control, no standard,There is no quality control, no standard, no accreditation body of LIS educationno accreditation body of LIS education
  13. 13. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Focus should be on …Focus should be on …  Course Curriculum should have a great focus to serveCourse Curriculum should have a great focus to serve rural India. Because India still lives in village.rural India. Because India still lives in village. Information worker has great role to play in all these 4Information worker has great role to play in all these 4 modelsmodels Lab to labLab to lab (scientific inf.excahnge between & among labs)(scientific inf.excahnge between & among labs) Lab to landLab to land (symbiotic relationship between inf. Provider &(symbiotic relationship between inf. Provider & users)users) Land to labLand to lab (diffusion of TK and wisdom) Land to landLand to land (lateral learning)(lateral learning)  Great focus should be on to revamp publicGreat focus should be on to revamp public library & rural library systemlibrary & rural library system contd…contd…
  14. 14. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25  Focus should be on the dissemination of scientificFocus should be on the dissemination of scientific information to the desired level & curriculum may beinformation to the desired level & curriculum may be designed accordingly.designed accordingly.  An accreditation body like ALA must be evolvedAn accreditation body like ALA must be evolved  More scientific, mathematical and statistical,More scientific, mathematical and statistical, experimental approach are required to make theexperimental approach are required to make the discipline interdisciplinary in true sense & should bediscipline interdisciplinary in true sense & should be commensurated with the original thinkingcommensurated with the original thinking  More specializations are required to serve better and in aMore specializations are required to serve better and in a more efficient waymore efficient way  Internship should be must in the Course curriculumInternship should be must in the Course curriculum  According to the UGC Curriculum (2001) possibilityAccording to the UGC Curriculum (2001) possibility should be explored sincerely to startshould be explored sincerely to start undergraduate programs in LIS field.undergraduate programs in LIS field.
  15. 15. 07/14/1307/14/13 16:2516:25 Suggestions for a BetterSuggestions for a Better TomorrowTomorrow However, sixty years is enough for the maturity for aHowever, sixty years is enough for the maturity for a discipline but unfortunately we could not progress much.discipline but unfortunately we could not progress much. Before redesigning the LIS Curriculum we have to makeBefore redesigning the LIS Curriculum we have to make clear the following things:clear the following things:  LIS education is not about the service alone but also aLIS education is not about the service alone but also a distinct academic disciplinedistinct academic discipline  LIS Curriculum must be socially committed &LIS Curriculum must be socially committed & accountableaccountable  Make it interdisciplinary in true senseMake it interdisciplinary in true sense Last but not the least , that no noble work can de done in aLast but not the least , that no noble work can de done in a isolated way so prominent academicians from science,isolated way so prominent academicians from science, social sc, and humanities must be consulted to make thesocial sc, and humanities must be consulted to make the curriculum more meaningful for the society and thecurriculum more meaningful for the society and the profession as a whole.profession as a whole.
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