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Indian Agricultural Doctoral Dissertations Repository
Project Cost : Rs. 124.33 lakhs
Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University
Hisar -125004 (Haryana)
Doctoral research – a rich intellectual heritage of a country - is the harbinger of scientific enquiry in all domains of knowledge which initiates the researchers into a great scholarly journey to academia. The extensive background information, detailed methodology, discussions, inferences and exhaustive bibliography make it an original and unique resource which, in most cases, may not be available in any other form. This enormous body of literature offers a wealth of information, if only they are catalogued, archived and disseminated. But for want of institutional and organizational mechanism to archive and disseminate, doctoral dissertations are hardly noticed or read. This resource must be preserved for the posterity and used by the contemporary scientists. Keeping in view the importance of the doctoral dissertations, the project : KrishiPrabha – Indian Agricultural Doctoral Dissertations Repository – was emvisioned. The title “KrishiPrabha” has its own significance. “Prabha” means “morning”, in other words “beginning of the day”. Since, this Project is first of its kind in agricultural discipline in India, hence the title “KrishiPrabha”. It was sanctioned by ICAR under its National Agricultural Innovation Project in November 2007. The objectives of the Project will be achieved at a cost of Rs. 124.33 lakhs within a time limit of 2 years from the date its commencement .
There are 45 Agricultural Universities/Deemed Agricultural Universities in India which award Doctoral Degrees in agriculture and allied disciplines. These doctoral dissertations are one of the very important and valuable original sources of information. There is a need to unveil this resource to the scientists across the world. This objective can be achieved only if:
Access to doctoral dissertation is severely restricted due to absence of appropriate policy and infrastructure. A systematic effort to develop and maintain a national repository of these resources, digitize them and make them accessible online would facilitate their potential use for extracting maximum value from them. Use of modern technologies for effective data capturing, organization and storage, and information retrieval will enhance the value of these resources further. This project was envisioned in this backdrop to establish, develop and maintain a repository of Indian agricultural doctoral dissertations. This Project envisages :
The investment in this Project has been sanctioned for the achievement of the following objectives :
The objectives of this Project do not terminate with the establishment of the Digital Library and the Repository. It has to be perennially updated by the addition of dissertations that have come up during 2007 and 2008 and will be produced in future. In fact, the coverage should go back to atleast 1995, if not prior to it.
Stakeholders in the Project.
The proposed Digital Library and Repository will be developed along a distributed cooperative model. It will consist of the following components:
Privileges of Data Sources
The data providers – the SAUs and DUs – will have free access to the Digital Library database. The access will be password- as well as IP-address-based. Besides the ICAR institutes, Directorates of Research and other constituents will also enjoy the same privileges as the SAUs/DUs.
Impact and Deliverables
The expected outcomes/deliverables of this Project will be as under :
Work Programme and Implementation of the Project
Data (textual, graphical, images) capturing etc. programme will commence from April 1, 2008. For the purpose of data capturing, the Data Centres across the country have been divided evenly into three groups. The data will be captured from each group, followed by data processing and uploading simultaneously. The schedule of work at different Data Centres will be as under.
Oct. 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009
The data captured and processed from the Group 1 libraries will be uploaded on the Server and made accessible online to the SAU/DU users during this period.
April 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2009
The data captured and processed from the Group 2 & 3 libraries will be uploaded on the Server and made accessible online to the SAU/DU users during this period.
Monitoring of Progress
The progress of work will be monitored, and report will be submitted to NAI P every six months. Final report will be submitted after the conclusion of the Project.
Training will be organised for SAU/DU/ICAR Institute Librarians to impart skills in the use of database and online submission of dissertations in future.