Friday, August 05, 2011

Two decades of PhD theses go digital in Delhi University

In an effort to keep up with the times and make more resources available online to students, the Delhi University Central library has digitised 8,300 PhD theses submitted by scholars to its various departments from 1980 to 2003. Any DU student can now walk into the central library and access this e-database by logging into the library’s internal network.

The theses were digitised at the end of a two-year project undertaken by the library staff and funded by a Rs. 2.8 million grant from the Delhi University. The central library also has plans for to digitise more theses in the second and third phase of the project. The second phase will cover theses submitted to the University from 1922 to 1980, and the third phase would cover those submitted post 2003, library officials said.

The Central library has also digitised 14,388 copyright expired books from its collection, including many rare volumes and uploaded them online for public use. Anyone can access theses books from the University website or at this link -

The books were digitised through a project funded by Government of India’s Department of Information Technology which was launched in 2008 and completed in October 2010. A range of books in all topics, including literature, History and Science are available in this collection.

The library also has on offer more than 10,000 online journals on a wide range of subjects, all of which can be accessed free of cost by students from the University network. They can also log into from their respective colleges or from libraries in the University campus. Library officials said that a project to enable students and teachers to access these journals from their homes by logging into the University network will also be completed soon. This facility will be made available to teachers of Delhi University and later to all students, Central library officials said.

Source: The Indian Express, August 5, 2011
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