Jammu April 7: The University of Jammu, Model Institute of Engineering and Technology and the National Digital Library of India (NDLI), IIT Kharagpur jointly organized the first Regional Workshop on Institutional Digital Repository during 6th and 7th April 2018. The workshop was inaugurated on 6th April at the Department of Statistics, the University of Jammu and the valedictory was held at the Model Institute of Engineering and Technology on the 7th April. Prof. R.D Sharma, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu was the Chief Guest during the valedictory function while Prof. J.P.S Joorel, Dept. of Statistics, University of Jammu was the Guest of Honor. Fifty-Two Library and IT professionals from over twenty different Universities and Institutions including University of Jammu, University of Kashmir, SMVDU, Katra, BGBSU, Rajouri, MIET, Jammu, CSIR-IIIM, Jammu, Panjab University, IIM, Jammu, IUST, Kashmir, MAM College, Jammu, Dr. Y.S Parmar University, Solan, GDC, Udhampur, GDC, Anantnag, Eternal University, HP, SKUAST, Jammu, Krishi Vishwavidyala, HP, Khalsa College for Women, Jalandhar, GCW Nawakadal, Srinagar, Shoolini University, Solan and GDC Kargil participated in the two-day workshop which included detailed hands-on training to facilitate creation of institute-level digital repositories and democratizing access to digital resources. The workshop was organized under the auspices of the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) which is a pan-India project under the NME-ICT program of the MHRD, Govt. of India.
A high-level team from IIT-Kharagpur including Prof. P.P Das, Department of Computer Science, Joint Principal Investigator, NDLI Project, Dr. B. Sutradhar, Co-Principal Investigator, NDLI Project and Librarian, IIT Kharagpur, Mr. Shibabroto Banerjett, Principal Project Officer-System, NDLI Project and Mr. Samrat Guha Roy, Assistant Librarian, IIT-Kharagpur were the resource persons for the workshop. Prof. Rahul Gupta, Dean Mathematical Sciences, University of Jammu was the convener while Prof. Ankur Gupta, Director MIET was the co-convener for the workshop. While the inauguration of the workshop and initial orientation was conducted at the University of Jammu, the detailed hands-on sessions including software training on DSpace software was conducted at MIET which provided all technical support for the workshop.
In his address during the valedictory function, Prof. R.D Sharma, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu thanked the team from NDLI IIT Kharagpur for organizing the workshop in the region and equipping the Library professionals with the skills to facilitate large-scale digitization and distribution of content. He also appreciated the fact that the workshop was the first instance of a collaborative event between the University of Jammu and MIET, Jammu and congratulated the conveners Prof. Rahul Gupta and Prof. Ankur Gupta for the successful conduct of the workshop.