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Computerised library for JNU soon

For a campus thriving on academic brilliance, this is clearly an initiative that comes after a long wait. Only, if things go the planned way, then Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will make up for lost time by gifting its students with a state-of-the-art library in about three months from now.

In a major step to completely digitise its records, books and research papers, the University is working to make the library completely computerised in the coming months. In a move that will not only give students more accessibility to books and records but also help them save time, a new JNU web library is also on the anvil.

"The JNU brain requires knowledge and information. Unfortunately, the library is not up to the mark when it comes to the level of knowledge required. We should face this challenge by strengthening our collection of journals, books and papers," feels Librarian Muttiyaa Koganuramath.

While the library catalogue has been completely digitised and can be accessed from anywhere, the University is now digitising all the books and journals. Apart from this, all the new books are being kept in the e-format to ensure easy access of all materials in the future.

But it is not just the reference books that will come within easy access for students now. With the University planning to digitise all the research papers, dissertations, thesis and even the newspaper clippings kept in the library, all old works will simply be a click away for students now.

Another significant step being taken as part of the initiative is to have JNU's various centres on the web. Costing JNU nearly Rs. 1.40 crores, the digitisation process will be carried out in a phased manner. "We are also looking at putting up various country study centre such as the Australian Study Centre and so on the same format. Our priority is to network the library with all the facility,'' says Koganuramath.

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Looking into the much important issue of globalisation this week will be a national seminar on "Indo-Canadian Partnership and Globalisation: Trends and Perspectives'' to be held at the Constitutional Club in Delhi this Thursday.

Being organised by Delhi University's Shyam Lal College (Evening) in association with the Indian Association for Canadian Studies, the seminar will delve into the need to re-engineer relations and partnerships between various countries in the wake of a new globalised era, with a special focus on Indo-Canadian relationship and partnership.

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With one of the oldest technical fests to be held in the country's campus history, BITS Pilani will be back in focus this coming week as it keeps its date with a tradition that has made students smile for over two decades now.

Considered one of the most competitive technical festivals around the country, "A Profession-Oriented Gathering over Educational Experience (APOGEE)'' is a 23-year old tradition of BITS Pilani that works with a different theme and look every year. To be held between March 14 and 18, the event his time is based on the theme of "Inspiring Innovations''

Started in 1983, what makes APOGEE special is perhaps the fact that it is managed completely by students and it stands out in terms of content as well as organisation.

Lakshmi B. Ghosh

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