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Access to e-Journals at BDU cut by MHRD

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Bharathidasan university have lost access to 3,000-odd e-journals in various disciplines with the ministry of human resources and development blocking as many as 10 of the 19 e-resource databases. These knowledge sources that were accessed free of cost by the students and research scholars at the university were allegedly blocked as part of a cost-cutting exercise which is an unexpected act of MHRD.

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Bharathidasan university now has access to only 1,500 e-journals that are offered through Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre. It is an autonomous inter-university centre (IUC) of UGC involved in sharing information resources and services among academic and research institutions. These international e-journals were sources of information for students and faculty members for their research papers apart from scholars for their MPhil and PhD research activity.

“It is unfortunate that MHRD failed to realise that this was an investment towards students and researchers, and not to considered under cost-cutting measure,  BDU had been one of the leading universities in terms of e-resources usage, and over 2 lakh e-files had been downloaded in the last one year alone, as per the usage data.” said an official.

 

 

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