Need to bring in reforms in library and information science stressed

Staff Correspondent

DHARWAD: B.S. Maheshwarappa, Chairman, Department of PG Studies and Research in Library and Information Science, Gulbarga University, said that there was an urgent need to bring in reforms and changes in the governance and policies of the library and information science (LIS) schools in the country.

He was delivering the keynote address at the inauguration of the 24th National Conference of the Indian Association of Teachers of Library and Information Science (IATLIS) on “Equity in LIS education in IT-based pedagogical environment of the knowledge society”, at Karnatak University here on Monday.

No uniformity

Dr. Maheshwarappa said although LIS schools were governed by the respective university’s statutes, ordinances and regulations, they varied from one university to another. As a result there was no consistency and uniformity in governance and policies. “Governance must give autonomy and at the same time promote accountability and transparency. It has to be simple, straightforward and at the same time scientific and objective,” he said.

Referring to maintaining excellence in LIS education in the country, he said expansion without excellence was of no use.

Since the issue of excellence in LIS education was a very complex one, it required the total revamping of the LIS education and training in India.

Partnerships needed

Dr. Maheshwarappa also underscored the need for partnership building among various LIS schools and industries.

Earlier, IATLIS President C.R. Karisiddappa and Dr V.G. Talwar elaborated on the theme of the national conference. Releasing the souvenir, the Vice-Chancellor of Karnatak University, S.K. Saidapur, said knowledge was wealth and knowledge sharing was essential for the growth of the country.

N.V. Satyanarayana, Managing Director, Informatics India Private Limited, Bangalore, presided over the inaugural ceremony and released the "Emerging technologies for knowledge resource management", written by Dr. Paul Pandian and Dr. C.R. Karisiddappa.

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