Workshop on ‘Digital Library User Training’ held at UGC

Workshop on ‘Digital Library User Training’ held at UGC

A day-long workshop titled ‘Digital Library User Training’ was held at UGC auditorium today (09.05.2017). University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) organized the workshop with the support of Taylor & Francis Group.

Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, UGC graced the function as the Chief Guest. Professor Dr. Md. Akhtar Hossain, Member, UGC presided over the workshop. Professor Dr. Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, Member, UGC, Dr. Gauranga Chandra Mohanta, ndc, Project Director (Additional Secretary), HEQEP and Mahmudul Islam, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Education (MoE) were Special Guests. Khandker Hamidur Rahman, Director, IMCT Division, UGC delivered the welcome address at the programme.

The Chief Guest, in his speech said that at present, 3.2 million students are studying in 142 universities in the country. The number of students would exceed 4 million by 2030. About University Digital Library, he said that the government allocated UGC $ 240 million from a grant of the World Bank to implement the HEQEP project. University Digital Library is one of its components. The objectives of this project are digitizing country’s higher education and enhance connectivity among the universities. He urged concerned authorities to properly use of the project money.

Professor Mannan said that Digital Library is the best way to overcome time, space and money constraints. He stressed the need for promoting and expediting the use of digital resources among the students, teachers and researchers to enhance their knowledge and skills to compete in today’s world.

Professor Mannan said graduates are now searching jobs. But 10-15 years later, job will roam around our graduates if they get necessary education and training. He sought co-operation from all quarters to realize quality higher education.

Professor Akhtar Hossain in his presidential speech highlighted the overall picture of digital library. He said that 72 universities of the country are running digital library with 35,000 contents. A single platform will be formed shortly to make digital library more user friendly, he said adding discovery tools and remote access service will start soon.

Professor Yousuf Ali Mollah underscored the need for more use of library with a view to develop human civilization. Referring that concept of library has changed, he said government and UGC jointly took Digital Library Project to keep pace with the globalised world. He also called for raising the awareness about the use of digital library among the students, teachers and researchers.

Dr. Gauranga Chandra Mohanta emphasized on capacity building of users to get the advantage of Digital Library.

Librarians from 72 public and private universities and research organisations of the country participated at the workshop. Senior officials from UGC, Ministry of Education, HEQEP and Bangladesh Academy of Science, among others were present on the occasion.