Workshop on Web Content Management
Delivering the presidential address at the two-day National Workshop on “Web Content Management”, the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. General (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said that the University would facilitate access to the wealth of knowledge to outside researchers.
Gen. Shah said that now a days, research scholars are very lucky to have internet for searching the resource material. He said that digitalization process of the University is proceeding speedily.
Gen. Shah said that although he belonged to a generation that enjoyed reading printed books, he was aware that the future belonged to digitalized work and several institutions had developed e-Libraries. He said that he was committed to digitalization of all valuable books and their availability to users through the internet.
Prof. N. Laxman of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Hyderabad said that the website is a gateway to internet. He said that 300 million websites are available for various purposes throughout the globe. Germany has the highest number of internet users as 84.7 percent people there are using this technology. He said that India has the largest number of electronic books. He pointed out that AMU’s Maulana Azad Library has the facility of accessing e-books and it is considered the best library among Indian universities’ libraries with a facility of two million e-books.
Prof. Laxman appreciated the Digital Resource Centre developed by Maulana Azad Library which provides free access to the resource material to the users. He said that the libraries were the centre of knowledge activity because of the technological advancement. He however urged the research scholars to use authentic material.
On this occasion, AMU Vice Chancellor, general Shah released the “Directory of Major Scientific Research Organizations and Institutes in India” compiled by Dr. Naushad Ali PM.
The purpose of this Directory is to provide a reference source to students, researchers, scientists, academicians etc who are engaged in various research assignments in various disciplines of science and technology.
The Directory covers details of more than 300 institutes all over India specializing in various disciplines of science and technology.
Noted historian, Prof. Irfan Habib was the guest of honour of the inaugural ceremony. He hoped that more and more history material will be available on the internet.
While welcoming the dignitaries, Prof. Shabahat Husain, Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science at AMU, said that the department was a pioneering department in the country which started Certificate Course in Library Science in 1951. It started B. Lib. Science in 1958-59 and M. Lib. in 1971-72.
Prof. Shabahat Husain pointed out that the Information Technology Lab was established in 2003. He said that the Subject Gateway is an organized collection of resources.
Dr. Naushad Ali, PM proposed a vote of thanks and Dr. Mohd. Mustafa K. conducted the inaugural ceremony.