Three days workshop on “Automation & Networking of Libraries of College/Universities” in association with National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics Information Technology Govt. of India inaugurated at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University on 24th May. e-Granthalaya workshop is a flagship program of NIC, Govt. of India to familiarize and train library professionals in the field of networking & automation with the aid of open source e-Granthalaya version 4.0 software. On this occasion Chief Guest Prof. D. Mukhoupdhaye Dean Facility of Management stress upon modernization of library with the objective to make them user-friendly and productive centers for knowledge resource management. Sh. Ram Kumar Matoria, Technical Director, NIC and key resource person of this workshop briefed about the different phases of the e-Granthalaya 4.0 software success and explained the relevance of the software in the IT dominated world and other resource person of this workshop Sh. Ravi Baarna, Research Scientist D, NIC, described the effective use of this open source software for producting enhancement in automation and networking process to be adopted at the ground level. During the inauguration function Dr. Yugal Khajuria Dean of Students highlighted his experiences as student, researcher, and faculty members on the use of library resources. Dr. V. K. Tripathi Head Department of Philosophy also conveyed his best wishes. Faculty In-charge Central Library Dr. Supran K. Sharma welcomed the dignitaries, resource persons and participants of the workshop. Dr. Sharma emphasized on 3 Cs of the library – Calm, Comfort and Contribution. He also described the different facilities available in the Central Library SMVDU including availability of more than 43000 Books and 6000 online journals, membership through eShodhSindhu, DELNET, eShodhganga, Indian Academy of Sciences etc. Dr. Sharma described that under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor SMVDU, Central Library is providing 24×7 Reading Room and Digital Library for intensive utilization of resources by the students, staff, research scholars and faculty members.
The workshop has received excellent response from different institutions like Punjab Urdu Academy, AG Office Punjab, Punjab University, University of Jammu, MAM College Jammu, Girls’ Model Hr. Secondary School Rajouri, Army School Kaluchak Jammu, Competition Commission of India, Delhi Govt. Degree College Udhampur, Govt. Higher Secondary School Reasi, MIER Jammu, MIET Jammu, Ranjit College of Education Kunjwani Jammu, NIELIT, Jammu. 45 participants have registered for the celebrated workshop. Prof. Sanjeev Jain Vice Chancellor and Prof. V.K. Bhat Registrar, conveyed best wishes to participants of the workshop.