Tag Archives: India

The City that crowdfunded its only library from a Facebook post

(9 April 2019) In August 2017, businessman Imtisunup Longchar put up a post on Facebook seeking help to build a library for his community. The reason: There was no library in all of Dimapur, the largest city in Nagaland, India. The response was overwhelming: People offered books, money and advice. One of the first respondents […]


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Session organised on strengthening digital library in agri research

(20 March 2019) Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, organised a two-day training programme on “Strengthening of digital library in national agricultural research and education system using koha platform” for libraries of state agricultural universities/ICAR institutes under north zone. The training was held under the sub-project “National knowledge management […]


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Launching of Parliament Digital Library (PDL), India

Parliament Digital Library (PDL) provides various parliamentary documents. As of now the portal has 387,957 pdf files.  (27 December 2018) The Parliament Digital Library provides information about various parliamentary documents of Lok Sabha, the House of People. The debates of Lok Sabha, from the First Lok Sabha to the Sixteenth Lok Sabha are placed in […]


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The OA Interviews: Arul George Scaria

(18 November 2018) Richard Poynder interviews Arul George Scaria, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director at CIIPC, the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) in New Delhi. Scaria is currently working on a report based on a landscape survey of the current situation in India concerning open science for which he was the principle […]


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Facebook launches Digital Literacy Library in 6 Indian languages with lessons on digital safety

(31 October 2018) Facebook recently launched a collection of lessons in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam to help train three 300,000 Indians in digital safety. The Digital Literacy Library was launched on Monday. “We expect to train 3,00,000 people by end of 2018, and we will multiply these efforts in times to come,” […]


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Launch of T10KL programme under the project “National Virtual Library of India”, funded by the Ministry of Culture

(17 October 2018, Mumbai)  The Ministry of Culture, Government of India set up the National Mission on Libraries in 2012 to ensure sustained attention to the development of Libraries and the Information Science Sector. The National Mission on Libraries has, as one of its activities, created the National Virtual Library of India (NVLI), a project […]


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You can walk on the roof of this sloping brick library in India

(21 September 2018) From a house whose roof is made from seaweed and driftwood, to a town hall that serves as a physical bridge over a river, there is no shortage of buildings that are designed to blend into their surroundings. This school library in India is continuing the tradition with a sloping shape that […]


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Kerala counts flood losses: Taxes hit, libraries destroyed

(4 September 2018) The Kerala state government is staring at a significant dip in tax collection, and local communities in different places are mourning the destruction of tens of thousands of books in local libraries. Libraries in various districts have also been badly hit by the floods. While students are attempting to dry their books […]


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Indian Government aims to take down predatory journals

(29 August 2018) Universities in India had until August 30 to present a “white list” of recognized journals to the University Grants Commission, a government body that provides funding and maintains higher-education standards in the country. In previously submitted recommendations, universities have included predatory journals, publishers that charge high fees for low-quality or no peer […]


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India lowers the tax on eBooks

(19 August 2018) India has just lowered the tax on eBooks from 18% to 5%, but it has a few caveats. In order to qualify for the discount the eBook also has to have a print edition, which means the vast majority of self-published titles will not see a reduced tax rate. GoodEreader has the […]


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Indian Railways to digitise its archival records of about 25 million pages

(26 July 2018) The Indian Railways has kick-started a massive effort to digitise its archives across the country that will cover about 25 million pages of railway history. As an initial step, 2.2 million pages of the archival material of the National Rail Museum (NRM) in New Delhi and Rail Museum at Tiruchirapalli in Tamil […]


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New international investigation tackles ‘fake science’ and its poisonous effects

(20 July 2018) Hundreds of thousands of scientists worldwide have published studies in self-described scientific journals that don’t provide traditional checks for accuracy and quality, according to a new journalistic investigation. Dozens of reporters from media outlets in Europe, Asia and the United States have analysed 175,000 scientific articles published by five of the world’s […]


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Inside India’s fake research paper shops: pay, publish, profit

Despite UGC blacklist, hundreds of ‘predatory journals’ thrive, cast shadow on quality of faculty and research nationwide  (19 July 2018, Indian Express) In the world of academia, getting published in an international research journal is almost the holy grail, it helps bump up the CV for hiring and helps in the competition for tenure or […]


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Archives of South Asian oral history housed in India

(14 July 2018, New Delhi) Hundreds of rare ethnographic sound recordings, including parables, songs, hymns, instrumental music, and poems, made their way to India as part of a collaborative project between British Library and Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE). The project, entitled South Asian Audiovisual Heritage, aims at preserving these historic recordings and […]


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Nepal’s Prime Minister inaugurates Nepal Academy library building built with Indian assistance

(11 July 2018) The Prime Minister of Nepal K.P.Sharma Oli on Tuesday inaugurated the Library building of Nepal Academy in Kathmandu. The library has been built with the Indian assistance of NRs. (Nepali Rupees) 43.94 million. PM Oli expressed gratitude to the Government of India for constructing the library. The newly built three-storey library will […]


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