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UNIVERSITY ROUNDUP

Need for documentation in varsities stressed

There is a flood of information in the universities these days with departments publishing reports of seminars and workshops and this should be stored systematically and documented properly for future use, observed Shabahat Husain, Librarian, Aligarh Muslim University.

He expressed these views at the inaugural session of four-day national workshop being organised by the Central Library, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU). Prof. Shabahat Husain said there were many software available to systematically store and gather the material and ‘DSpace' is one prominent software among them, which could be useful and fruitful.

He felt that apart from this MANUU can avail the services of institutional depository from other universities.

He also stressed the need of preparing bibliography. Huge amount of informative material is available on Internet, which can be translated in to any language.

Prof. Khalid Saeed in his presidential remarks said that the university will look into Prof. Shabahat Husain's advice so that different centres of MANUU could form a committee to gather related information and recommend its translation. He said University's Centre for Urdu Language, Literature and Culture has written letters to different libraries asking them to provide digital information. B. Ravi Kumar of University of Hyderabad spoke on theme of the workshop.

He said ‘DSpace' is also in use in foreign countries. Amina Kishore, Dean School of Language, Linguistics & Indology and Director I/c Central Library; Abbas Khan, Librarian I/c, MANUU Central Library and others spoke.

IFHE

Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor and Michael Lurie, Head of International Partnerships and Student Information Directorate of Salford University, Britain, visited IFHE, Hyderabad campus and interacted with the IFHE representatives for possible collaboration.

The IFHE Vice-Chancellor J. Mahender Reddy extended collaboration offer to Prof. Hall in terms of visiting scholars, faculty exchange and student exchange programmes.

He stressed the need of such exchange programs pointing out that scholars could benefit by understanding the research being carried out at other institutions apart from having an opportunity of their own research being critically examined by foreign academicians.

Prof. Hall showed keen interest in faculty and student exchange and observed that it would benefit mutually. The Vice-Chancellors also discussed importance of joint programmes for faculty development to enhance quality of curriculum offered and ensuring delivery of quality education.

Prof. Hall opined that growing demand for higher education in India coupled with the growth of Indian economy would require around a million PhDs against a current one lakh.

Mr. Michael Lurie expressed interest on collaborating with IFHE in the arenas of Science and Technology and exchange of PhD scholars.

He was keen on BBA students exchange program where in IFHE BBA students can spent a year at Salford and vice a versa.

R. Ravikanth Reddy,

in Hyderabad

Andhra University

A Rs. 2-crore building of Andhra Bank School of Business, funded by Andhra Bank was inaugurated on the campus of Andhra University recently.

This is part of a MoU the bank and Andhra University have entered into in the past due to the initiative taken up by the Department of Commerce and Management Studies of AU to help the students, researchers and the industry. GITAM University

GITAM University will host the Andhra Pradesh Science Congress From November 14 to 16, president of AP Academy of Sciences and Distinguished Scientist of NGRI D Vijaya Prasad announced here recently. Prof. Subramanyam while expressing his happiness over selecting GITAM as the host of the Science Congress, assured that the university would make all efforts to make the conference a success.

G. NARASIMHA RAO,

in Visakhapatnam

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