contd...HOD's Message

..., the acquiring of essential expertise for effective and efficient utilization of information has become imperative from top to lower management of knowledge for right decisions at right time. The unmanageable flow and retrieval of this information is posing big challenge to library science professionals. But thanks to the emergence of Information Communication Technology (ICT) that gave birth to equally important management and retrieval tools and techniques. In this direction, the Library and Information Science Schools with scholastic and innovative caliber educate the people at different levels across the world to enable them to take right decisions at right time in right personal for their betterment and the betterment of the society at large.

Being developing economy and knowledge society, the library science education in India apart from few states took off quite late in comparison to the American and European countries. However, the seeds of library and information science in Jammu and Kashmir were sown back to 1970 with the establishment of Department of Library and Information Science in Kashmir University. Since then, this department has done wonders by producing a number of talented Academicians and reputed Librarians who have hit to the fame across the nation in Librarianship. Besides this, the department is continuously producing a good number of scholars and UGC-NET candidates who are versatile in managing the ongoing information explosion effectively.   

Being research oriented and widely acknowledged across the country, the department has developed a state – of – art infrastructure to enable and train the students and scholars in different well equipped labs, well furnished class rooms with innovative and interactive mode of teaching, thus sensitizing them with practical proficiency encapsulated in modular and integrated curriculum. Besides, the department also enables visits to International / National Library and Information centers’.

I welcome and request all those who are concerned with the management of knowledge to join and pool their efforts with us to acquire and share intellectual thoughts, knowledge and wisdom in an open and transparent way. The present techno-oriented world demand adequate expertise coupled with ground-breaking and excellent practices and vibrant techniques to yield Total Quality Management from available knowledge and information landscape. The highly qualified and innovative faculty and ever ready support staff are always on their toes to facilitate scholastic pursuits with enthusiasm and obligation. I also look forward for your valuable inputs and suggestions to make this department at par with other leading Library and Information Science departments at national and international level.

The department will soon undergo different exchange programs with the leading library science schools of the country and abroad. The department of Library and Information Science will serve like medical college, while Allama Iqbal Library will serve as Hospital where practical application of students’ talent and skill will be accounted and judged. Consequently, we will send our 4th Semester students for library science training in different reputed University Libraries including Allama Iqbal Library and library schools/information centers like ISI Delhi, DRTC Bangalore, NISCIAR Delhi, etc. In order to compete at international level, the department will also pool every effort to attract the faculty and students of leading Indian and International library science schools for different academic and other curricular activities. 

Dr. Abdul Majid Baba
University Librarian-cum-Head Department of Library & Information Science