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Department at a Glance
In 1943, the Inter University Board of India resolved that graduates of any stream would be eligible for admission to the Librarianship courses conducted by the Indian Universities. About the same time a library sub–committee was formed by the University of Calcutta. On August 17, 1944 the syndicate of the university considered the resolutions of the sub–committee to the effect that “The University will institute a Diploma course in Librarianship every year. The course including the examination will extend over one year beginning in the month of January.” Admission to the course was open to the graduate only and the intake was limited to 15 students only. A Librarianship Training Committee used to be appointed every year to run the course, as there was no separate Department. The arrangement called the Librarianship Training Department under the administrative control of Library Department (i.e. the University Librarian) was placed with the Faculty of Arts. The first Dip. Lib. Training Programme started in January 1945. In 1959, the Training Department was separated from the Library Department and was renamed as “Department of Library Science”. A separate and independent Faculty for Post – Graduate Studies in Library Science was created under which the department was placed. From the 1969-1970 session the “Diploma” was replaced by Post Graduate Degree of Bachelor of Library Science (B.Lib.Sc). In 1998 the department has been renamed as the Department of Library & Information Science offering the course called Bachelor of Library & Information Science (BLISc). The department is presently under the Faculty of Post – Graduates Studies in Education, Journalism and Library & Information Science.
Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS)
PreambleThe first Diploma in Librarianship (Dip.. Lib.) Training Programme started in January, 1945. From the 1969 - 1970 session the “Diploma” was replaced by Post Graduate Degree of Bachelor of Library Science (B.Lib.Sc). In 1998, the department has been renamed as the Department of Library & Information Science and the course is being called as Bachelor of Library & Information Science (BLISc). Intake of students in the course is 55 at present.
ObjectivesThe main objective of BLIS course is to make a student competent with basic information skills, both traditional and modern.
The students will be prepared as efficient, progressive, humane professionals with initiative, drive and integrity.
Eligibility to sit for Admission TestAny person having an Honours Degree (10+2+3 pattern) or master Degree or a degree (even if without Honours degree at Bachelor level) in a technical subject (of the pattern 10+2+4 or 10+2+5) such as medical Science, Engineering, Law etc. of this University or having an equivalent degree of any other University or Institute recognized by this University will be eligible for admission to the BLIS course, the persons appearing in the final Part – II Honours Examination will also be allowed to sit for the Admission Test. But their admission to BLIS will be subject to the condition of securing Honours Degree when the result comes out and also of being in the admission list for BLIS course on the basis of Admission / Merit Test.
Beginning of SessionThe session starts in August / September and after publication of results of B.A. / B. Sc. Part – II Honours of the University of Calcutta. The Admission Test is completed in June.
Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.Sc)
PreambleThe Master degree course was introduced in 1973. The classes started in 1974 and the first batch of successful students came out in 1976. The name of the course was Master of Library Science (M.Lib.Sc.). It has been a 2 – year course at par with other master degree courses of the Calcutta University. With the passage of time, the field of information and library science and management is growing in many dimensions and the usefulness and necessity of a Master degree course is being appreciated. In 1998 the course is renamed as Master of Library & Information Science (MLISc). Intake of students in the course was initially ten (10), which has been increased to twenty - four (24).
ObjectivesThe students are prepared to take up the information challenges of the coming years.
•The students are prepared to take up leadership position in both the traditional types of information institutions e.g., academic libraries and most modern and futuristic types of information institute e.g., as database managers, or information specialists.
•The students are prepared in such a manner that they may be capable of taking up self-employment in information field.
•The students are prepared to make themselves fit in varied types of information work such as HRD, information dissemination or in house editing and publishing information system management, e – marketing, community development, R & D in information field, teaching and training, etc.
Any person having a Bachelor degree in Library & Information Science / Library Science / Information Science or a equivalent degree from a recognized university or institution may apply for the said course. Normally the students passing out of the B.L.I.S. course of the University of Calcutta in most current session will give preference.
Normally the classes are held during normal working hours.
1st Semester - January every year
5 years Integrated MLIS Course
The students will be prepared to take up the challenges of the information society in future.
The degree of Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) course of the University of Calcutta is awarded to a candidate who has completed a regular course of study for not less than five years and qualified the examinations after Semester-1, Semester-2, Semester-3, Semester-4, Semester-5, Semester-6, Semester-7, Semester-8, Semester-9 and Semester- 10 held at such time and place and in the such manner as prescribed by the appropriate authority of the University from time to time. At the end of 4 years, after successful completion of 8 semesters, a candidate may take the exit option and will get the degree in the nomenclature of Bachelor of Library and Information Science (Honours). After successful completion of 8 semesters, all candidates will be awarded the respective degree mentioned above.
Any person having passed HS (10 + 2) in Indian Academic System or equivalent degree from recognised Council/ Institution may apply for the said course. Admission to the course shall be strictly on the basis of admission test..
Reservation of seats
Quota of reservation for different categories of candidate shall be regulated by the order of the notifications of the appropriate authority from time to time.
The duration of the Semester, the number of classes and the duration of each theory, practice and tutorial classes (period); beginning and end of session (Semester) will be notified in the beginning of each session by the appropriate authority. The classes are held during morning and day time. There shall be theory and practice classes supported by the tutorials, seminars, colloquia, special lectures, educational tours, sessionals and assignments, class examinations, quiz, etc.
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