Satkal Award 2009

High quality research need of the day: VC 
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 6
Libraries and laboratories are essential for the success of any academic activity involving high quality original research.

These views were expressed by Prof A.S. Brar, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, while presiding over the SATKAL annual function 2009 at Guru Nanak Bhavan of the university here today.

The function was organised by SATKAL Trust, USA, in association with the Bhai Gurdas Library, to award scholarships and honours in the field of library science.

Brar said, “Our universities are undergoing a financial crunch owing to which, they cannot compete with the IITs and IIMs. We have limited financial resources to manage research and spread education. We need expensive equipment for high quality research.”

He said on the other hand, foreign universities had plenty of funds. He said this was one of the reasons for our students migrating to other countries in search of better opportunities and placements.

Brar that dedicated efforts of this trust would help strengthen libraries and information studies.

Dr R.G. Prashar, former head of the Library and Information Science Department and Dean of Dr Hari Singh Gaur University, Sagar (MP), in his keynote address, said library services should be extended to the public after the closures of educational institutes in order to promote reading habits among masses.

He said it was also a matter of concern that our libraries had a shortage of staff. He said 2 to 3 per cent of the budget had been spent on libraries which needed to be 6 to 10 per cent for their smooth conduct.

While welcoming the chief guest and other delegates, Dr H.S. Chopra, Head of Bhai Gurdas Library and organising secretary of the programme, said over 200 delegates from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Karnataka had participated.

Earlier, Dr Davinder Kaur, President. SATKAL Trust, said this year’s women librarian award was given to Kalpana Das Gupta, former chairperson of the Working Group on Libraries, Knowledge Commission of India.

Similarly, the Punjab National Librarian award went to Dr Prem Singh, Librarian, MDU, Rohtak.

She said Vilas Vernekar, Librarian, Kendriya Vidyalaya, ASC (South), Bangalore, had been awarded the School Librarian award. Similarly, the Young Librarian award went to Dr Ramesh C. Gaur, Librarian and Head, Kalanidhi Division at Indira Gandi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi

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