Category Archives: Library System

UGC plans Bharatvani: an Indian language library of various literatures

The UGC, the apex body tasked with maintenance of standards in higher education, has proposed an “all-inclusive and interactive” portal, the largest internet language site in the world, where knowledge in all Indian languages will be collected and disseminated.

In a letter to Vice Chancellors earlier this week, UGC Secretary Jaspal Singh Sandhu has asked all universities and colleges to share digitised and non-digitised material in various languages available with them for the ambitious ‘Bharatvani’ project.

 

“Bharatvani is a project with an objective of delivering knowledge in and about all languages in India using multimedia (ie text, audio, video, images) formats through a portal (website),” Sandhu said in his letter to the VCs dated November 24.

“This portal is proposed to be all inclusive, interactive, dynamic and moderated,” he added.

The government is launching this project to accommodate and strengthen the oral tradition by disseminating and presenting the unwritten vernaculars, country’s classical literature in different languages, develop e-content and present the country’s linguistic diversity in cyberspace, Sandhu said in the letter.

The UGC secretary said according to the Census of India, 2001 there are 122 scheduled and non-scheduled languages and 234 mother tongues.

Speaking about the project, he said, “It is proposed to develop it as the largest language portal in the world by aggregating multimedia content from all Indian writers, government and non-governmental institutions, institutions like boards of education, textbook corporations, universities, academies, publication houses etc.

“The idea is to make India an Open Knowledge Society, in the era of Digital India,” he added.

The UGC secretary also asked universities to share the names of institutions and individuals who could provide such material for this project.

 

Source- economictimes

Jharkhand – Wi-fi & Digital Library for all University, polytechnic institutes

Campuses at all universities, BIT-Sindri and state polytechnic institutions in the state will soon be connected with Wi-Fi and Digital Library, Jharkhand government said today.

e-Books and e-Journals would be purchased and kept in the Central Server under the Digital Library initiative, making available for Kindle, iPads and Laptops, Education Minister Nira Yadav told a press conference here today.

 

Besides connecting Wi-Fi as part of higher and technical education in the campuses, she said, Letter of Intent have been given to Amity University, AISECT University, Karunya University, METAS SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST and PRAGYAN Foundation to impart quality education in the state.

The government has also decided to open colleges in 12 educationally backward districts of Garhwa, Kodarma, Chatra, Pakur, Palamau, Saraikela-Kharsawan, Gumla, Giridih, Deoghar, Godda, Dumka, Sahibganj, the minister said.

Private sector investment and JV initiatives in technical education would also be encouraged, she added.

One million books, 100 institutes under National Digital Library

The National Digital Library in 2016 will bring under its fold 100 institutes and roll out a collection of one million digitised books and journals in the first phase, according to an official.

“The first thing that will come in February is the National Digital Library (NDL) which will come with one million books and journals which will be used by students across the country,” R. Subrahmanyam, additional secretary for technical education in the human resource development ministry told IANS here during the launch of Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) scheme on Monday.

 

The NDL will ensure “uniform high standards” of e-content free of cost on a single platform.

“It will have phased expansions and in the first phase 100-odd institutes will be brought under it,” the official said.

Talking about the recently launched Impacting Research Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) India programme, Subrahmanyam said the aim is to foster innovations that