Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi

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Department of Library and Information Science


Department of Library and Information Science

The Department of Library and Information Science at Banaras Hindu University is an active and highly regarded Department, which, since its creation in 1941 as an intergral part in the Library, has established a national and international reputation in its field. On the months of May and June 1941, the course started as two months course of Librarianship which encourage the starting of a six months Certificate course in Librarianship in that year. The Department initiated Diploma Course in Librarianship, second of its kind in India after Madras University in 1942. In 1961, Diploma course was converted to Bachelor Degree Course with necessary modifications in course content. The course has been discontinued from 2005 onward. Department introduced One year Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) Programme in the year 1965 second after University of Delhi. From 2005 onwards Department has introduced Two years integrated Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) programme as per the guidelines of Curriculum Development Committee (CDC) of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Ph.D. course was initiated in the Department in 1980. Twenty One (21) Doctoral dissertations so far have been successfully defended at Department for the award of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Department has started a special course of study P.G. Diploma in Manuscriptology & Paleography in the year 2008.

In the able leadership of Dr. Ajay Pratap Singh, Department is starting two years M.A. course in Manuscriptology & Paleography from 2011. This course will aim to provide education and training of handling Manuscripts - its storage, preservation, conservation, study and use.

Department of Library and Information Science
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


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