The curriculum for MBA in supply chain and logistic management that Bharathidasan University intends to offer from the next academic year is being designed to world standards.

Apart from the MBA programme, Department of Commerce and Financial Studies will introduce diploma in capital market operations in association with National Stock Exchange, said Vice Chancellor K. Meena at the inaugural session of a UGC-sponsored two-day national workshop on ‘Publishing Research Articles in Business Management’ on Saturday.

Releasing a CD of presentations by resource persons, Ms. Meena mooted conduct of workshops in association with industry bodies such as Confederation of Indian Industry and Tiruchi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries’ Association.

H-Index, the determiner of quality, was 54 for Bharathidasan University. With a citation score of 16,000, it occupies fourth position in Tamil Nadu. The university has been ranked first in e-resources with a tally of 5,00,000 articles and books for which it received the Best User Award from Springer.

Acknowledging that getting quality articles published in national and international journals was a complex task, the VC said writings were being published in reputed journals only if they had quality, accuracy, clarity and reliability, supported by secondary data and validated results through statistical packages. She saw enormous opportunity for writing and publishing articles in the IT era.

In his lecture on ‘Scholarly Resources and Citation Analysis’, Srinivasaragavan,librarian and head, department of library and information science, said India ranks among top five countries in publishing structured articles in Open Access Journals.

For management discipline, resources like EBSCO, Emerald, JSTOR, Science Direct, ProQuest, Prowess, Capitaline, SAGE and the resources from institutions like World Bank, WTO, AIMA, National Institute of Financial Management, and RBI could be utilised, he said.

M. Daniel, professor and dean of sciences, said quality was of paramount importance as the number of academic publications was on the rise.

Quality in research was measured using impact factor, citation index and H-index, said Mr. Daniel, who is also director of internal quality assurance cell and Academic Staff College.

The workshop envisages guiding participants to prepare and publish quality research articles as a high-level exercise to develop subject knowledge, M. Selvam, associate professor and head, department of commerce and financial studies, said.

The workshop has attracted about 200 participants from various colleges and universities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh.