Curriculum of Graduate Courses in Library and Information Science Schools of Northern India: An Analysis

Shabir Ahmad Ganaie


Purpose: The aim of the study is to investigate the course structure in the curriculum of Library and Information Science (LIS) schools in Northern part of India at graduate level.

Design/methodology/approach: Questionnaire was designed to get the data from the institutions. When response rate was low, curriculum prevailing in the institutions was either downloaded from their respective websites or a hardcopy was collected from the departments personally. Thirteen institutions are included in this study.

Findings: Data collected from the selected LIS departments when analyzed, reveals that there is disparity existing in the curriculum adopted by these schools. Same papers taught in these schools have different nomenclatures.

Research limitations/implications: The research restricted to a limited number of institutions presents the pattern of Library and Information Science education in Northern India only.

Originality/value: The research, leads to the fact that instead of heterogeneity, homogeneity in curriculum is the demand of the day in order to impart qualitative education in the field of LIS.

Keywords: Library Science; Information Science; Curriculum; LIS Schools; Library Professionals; Information Professionals; Northern India; India

Paper type: Research paper

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