INFLIBNET Centre

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INFLIBNET Centre (Information and Library Network Centre) is an autonomous Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India under Ministry of HRD (MHRD) located in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The centre was initially started as a national project under IUCAA in March, 1991. It became an independent Inter-University Centre in June 1996.

INFLIBNET is involved in modernizing university libraries in India and connecting them as well as information centres in the country through a nation-wide high speed data network using the state-of-art technologies for the optimum utilization of information. INFLIBNET is set out to be a major player in promoting scholarly communication among academicians and researchers in India.

Major activities[edit]

The Centre has implemented several projects for the development of library services in Indian Universities. These include the following:

  1. Financial support for the automation of University Libraries
  2. Development of a comprehensive database of the resources in various libraries in India
  3. Development of an integrated library management software called SOUL (Software for University Libraries)[1]
  4. UGC-Infonet Internet Connectivity Programme
  5. The centre has taken several open access initiatives like:
    • OJAS, a platform to faculty and researchers in Universities to host their open-access journals[2]
    • Shodhganga, a digital repository for theses and dissertations by research scholars in universities in India[3]
    • Shodhgangotri, a digital repository of synopsis of research topic submitted to the universities in India by research scholars[4]
    • An institutional repository called IR@INFLBNET for papers published in the proceedings of the CALIBER and PLANNER[5]
  6. Creation of R&D facilities and working groups to study and contribute to the open source movement
  7. Maintenance of a database of sccientists, researchers and other faculty members working at leading academic institutions and other R&D organisations involved in teaching and research in India
  8. Bibliometric and scientometric studies
  9. e-PG Pathshala: A Gateway to All Post Graduate Courses
  10. Trainings in many various aspects related to Library and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are frequently organized.

Publications[edit]

The INFLIBNET Centre brings out two publications, namely, Quarterly Newsletter and Annual Report which are distributed to the academic community across the country.

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Additional reading[edit]

  1. Shahaji Shankar Waghmode. "Role of INFLIBNET in Growth and Development of Higher Education in India" (PDF). e-LiS. Retrieved 8 October 2016.