Move to put all Ph.D theses in one portal

Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre, an autonomous inter-university centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC) at Ahmedabad, has plans to make research theses of all institutes of higher education in the country available in one portal, according to Manoj Kumar K, Scientist D (computer science), INFLIBNET.

Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of an awareness programme on Shodhganga project, a repository of theses and dissertations of universities in digital form, of the INFLIBNET at Mangalore University, he said that the INFLIBNET, through the UGC would approach the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to enhance Shodhganga as a national portal.

He said that as per the plan, theses of the Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institutes of Management, National Institutes of Technology, agricultural universities, medical universities and other conventional universities should be made available in one portal.

“Right now we have mandate for only universities. And it will not serve purpose. We want one portal for all theses in India,” he said.

Mr. Kumar said that the INFLIBNET had plans to launch a separate portal for dissertations submitted at universities that was under consideration.

Anti-plagiarism policy

He said that now the INFLIBNET was making a draft national policy to check plagiarism of contents in theses of universities. The draft would be submitted to the UGC. Once the UGC approved it would become a national policy.

He said that the INFLIBNET would provide two anti-plagiarism software to universities at free of cost. Universities would have to have their own policy to check plagiarised contents in theses.

Earlier, addressing the gathering at the inaugural session of the programme, he said that the UGC recently released Rs. 15 lakh to Mangalore University for digitising old theses and dissertations. Though the fund had been sanctioned a year ago it was released recently.

M.K. Bhandi, University Librarian, said that Shodhganga provided a platform for research scholars to deposit their Ph.D. theses in it and make them available to the scholarly community in open access. The repository had the ability to capture, index, store, disseminate and preserve electronic theses and dissertations submitted by the researchers, Mr. Bhandi said. The University Library had organised the programme in association with INFLIBNET.

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