Inviting Applications for Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship 2017.

Dear Patron

Greetings from the British Council.

On behalf of the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission in the UK, British Council India is inviting applications for Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship 2017.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which Commonwealth countries offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other member state. The CSFP is aimed at students of Commonwealth countries who can make a significant contribution to their home country after the completion of a higher education programme in the UK.

Eligible candidates can only apply either for one year Taught Master’s courses or PhD degree. Subjects covered are Engineering and Technology, Science (Pure and Applied), Agriculture, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The last date for online applications is 16 September 2016 (till 3:00 PM). For more details, please check the information available on–2017.pdf and

We will appreciate if you could disseminate information on this programme to appropriate candidates.

Kind Regards


Trupti Chimbaikar | Project Manager – Programmes (West India)

British Council Division | British Deputy High Commission, 901, Tower 1 | One Indiabulls Centre | Elphinstone Road (West) | Mumbai – 400 013 | India

T: +91 (022) 6748 6763 | M: +91 9664605588



ETFL-2015 Brochure Release Function

The brochure of International Conference on “Emerging Technologies and Future of Libraries (ETFL-2015)” was released at Grand Hotel, Gulbarga on 5th october, 2014.
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Librarian gets fellowship



Special Correspondent: The Hindu, August 21, 2013

Suresh Jange, Deputy Librarian, Virtual Learning Resource Centre and Digital Library, Gulbarga University, has been awarded Commonwealth Professional Fellowship-2013.

Dr. Jange is the first library professional in a State university to get the prestigious fellowship….more

RDM Workshop: Module3-Data Management Plan (DMP)

I attended the third Research Data Management (RDM) workshop Module3 on Data Management Plan today. In the second workshop module2 we were asked to evaluate some of the RDM projects of some UK universities. I got Leeds University to evaluate their RDM project which I discussed in the workshop.  There was a presentation on How to Develop a Data Management and Sharing Plan by Sarah Jones from Digital Curation Centre (DCC).  She explained in her presentation the benefits of having a plan for the effective data management.  Several research funders ask for data plans as part of grant proposals.  We were asked to study following each one of the six core themes of the DCC Checklist for a Data Management Plan and give our opinion.

  1. Data Types, Formats, Standards, and Capture Methods
  2. Ethics and Intellectual Property
  3. Access, Data Sharing and Reuse
  4. Short-Term Storage and Data Management
  5. Deposit and Long-Term Preservation
  6. Resourcing

We also discussed two case studies of Data Management Plan of University of Bristol and Arts & Humanities Research Council.

In the afternoon myself and my fellow colleague Henry  had a separate session with Sarah Jones and Stephen Grace and discussed about how RDM project can be initiated at our respective institute for the benefits of the students and faculty.


CILIP Evening Lecture Series on Records Research in the Digital Age

I attended a talk on 19th March, 2013 on “Reminder to book for our March event- Swimming in Data: Records Research in the Digital Age”, by Caroline Kimbell, Head of Licensing at The National Archives in Kew. CILIP had arranged this talk under its Evening Lecture Series at The Square, 26 Tolmers Square, London.

Ms. Caroline spoke on how a decade of mass-scale digitisation of primary sources from Kew are changing the way history is studied.  Over the last 10 years, the digitisation of large collections of historical material has opened up a new way of seeing the past. Since the first international collaborative project on cities in World War One, the tools and resources now available to historians have led to increasingly scientific approaches to the study of history. When masses of information, far more than could be read, digested and interpreted by one human scholar, are visible in digital form, patterns and trends appear on a macro-scale.

Taking examples from projects using National Archives resources, this talk argued that the invention of digital analysis has done for historic research what the invention of the telescope did for astronomy – adding a fascinating new dimension to the appreciation of the past.

My special thanks to Anna Jablkowska, Honourary Treasurer, CILIP for informing me about this event and sending me the online link to register for the event.

John Rylands Library of University of Manchester

We visited John Rylands Library of University of Manchester on 13th March, 2013 while returning to London. The John Rylands Library is a late-Victorian neo-Gothic building on Deansgate in Manchester, England. The library, which opened to the public in 1900, was founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband, John Rylands. The John Rylands Library and the library of the University of Manchester merged in July 1972 into the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. Special collections built up by both libraries were progressively concentrated in the Deansgate building.

The special collections, believed to be among the largest in the United Kingdom, include medieval illuminated manuscripts and examples of early European printing, including a Gutenberg Bible, the second largest collection of printing by William Caxton, and the most extensive collection of the editions of the Aldine Press of Venice. The Rylands Library Papyrus P52 is believed to be the earliest extant New Testament text. The library holds personal papers and letters of notable figures, among them Elizabeth Gaskell and John Dalton.

The architectural style is primarily neo-Gothic with elements of Arts and Crafts Movement in the ornate and imposing gatehouse facing Deansgate which dominates the surrounding streetscape. The library, granted Grade I listed status in 1994, is maintained by the University of Manchester and open for library readers and visitors.

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Annual General Meeting (AGM) of CILIP in London 2013

I got an opportunity to attend the Annual General Meetings (AGMs) of CILIP as well as the International Library and Information Group (ILIG) on13th February, 2013 at CILIP headquarters at Ridgmount Street, London. The two AGMs were followed by a talk on “Inspiring Information Professionals” by Annie Mauger, Chief Executive of CILIP. Light refreshments were served before the AGMs which was sponsored by Vaughan Whibley in recognition of his 40 years of service to the CILIP in London Branch and its predecessor.

I consider this opportunity to attend these CILIP meetings as unique one. The fellowship offered the unique and exciting opportunity not only to attend these meetings but also to share our professional experiences.

At CILIP AGM Meeting

At CILIP AGM Meeting

While welcoming the committee members, Peter Beauchamp, President, CILIP in London, expressed that the CILIP, London is working hard to support the activities of CILIP and encourage the members for active participation. Honourary Treasurer Anna Jablkowska presented the statement of accounts for 2012. ILIG is the International Library and Information Group of CILIP whose aims are to raise international issues concerning the profession, contribute to the development of library and information services internationally, foster networking, linking and general cooperation at the international level. ILIG Informals evening meetings are great opportunity for the international library professionals to share their experiences.

In her speech, Annie Mauger urged the committee members not to just expect what CILIP can do to inspire information professionals but also try to think what information professionals can do to inspire the community. She also suggested that don’t just think of users in your library but think about library in your users life. As part of global activity she shared her experience of participating in the last year’s IFLA congress at Helsinki, Finland. During the question and answer session, I suggested the committee members that since every year the commonwealth fellows from LIS field visit UK and they can actively participate in CILIP programme and promote international librarianship.

My special thanks to Anna Jablkowska, Honourary Treasurer, CILIP for informing me about this event and sending me the online link to register for the event. My sincere thanks are due to CILIP and its committee members for giving me an opportunity to be part of this meeting and interact with the members.


Visit to Wellcome Library at Eusten Square, London

We visited Wellcome Library at Eusten Road, London today in the morning at 11:00 AM. Ella Mitchell and another colleague from UEL Library aslo joined us at Wellcome Library. Mr. Danny Rees from Wellcome Library received us at the entrance.

With Danny Rees at Wellcome Library

With Danny Rees at Wellcome Library

Wellcome Library is one of the world’s major resources for the study of medical history and offer a growing collection of material relating to contemporary medicine and biomedical science in society.  The Library was founded on the collections of Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853-1936) who was a pharmaceutical salesman and later started his own business. He bequeathed the bulk of his estate, including ownership of his pharmaceutical company and his collections, to a body of trustees, who formed the Wellcome Trust after his death in 1936.  Fascinated by the “art and science of healing throughout the ages”, Henry Wellcome collected books and objects on a colossal scale: by the time of his death, his collection of around 1.5 million items. The library has around 2.5 items presently in its collection.

Mr. Danny took us around the library and explained some of the ongoing online projects like Europe PubMedCentral: an open access repository of resources for biomedical and health researchers and UK Web Archive project. He said that since 2010 the Library been engaged in a large scale digitisation programme that reflects its commitment to global access to its collections.  The library has different collections like Archives and Manuscripts, History of Medicine, Medical Collection, Art Collection, Asian Collection, Moving Image and Sound Collection, Biomedical Images, and Medicine and Society Collection.

Myself and Henry with Danny Rees, Ella Mitchell & Gillian Bowl

Myself and Henry with Danny Rees, Ella Mitchell & Gillian Bowl

We also visited their Digital Library section where they are  developing a world-class online resource for the history of medicine by digitising a substantial proportion of its holdings and making the content freely available on the web. They use Kaiser RePro book scanners for the digitisation and Goobi Intrande Edition  software for managing scanned digital objects. Mr. Danny told us that over time we plan to digitise key holdings linked to the Wellcome Trust’s research challenge areas. Ms. Gillian Bowl  showed us the preservation and archiving processes in the library. All archives and manuscripts are held in closed stores. In order to view items in the Library, one need to make an online request through the catalogue.  There is a separate Rare Materials Room in the library to refer the archival  materials.

Wellcome Library, London

Wellcome Library, London

Wellcome Library, London

Wellcome Library, London

Photos of the visit to Welcome Library  are available at Photo Gallery

Visit to Franklin-Wilkins Library, Kings College London (Water Campus)

From the Maughan Library we went to Franklin-Wilkins Library at Waterloo Campus in the afternoon around 2:00 pm. On the way while crossing river Thames on the bridge, we saw the spectacular scenes of the London including London’s iconic world’s tallest giant wheel London Eye.  We met Veronyka Carson who briefly introduced us about the Waterloo campus library and its services. She then took us around the library and explained some of the important services offered by the library.

With Vimal Shah & Veronyka Carson

With Vimal Shah & Veronyka Carson

The Franklin-Wilkins Library is home to extensive management and education holdings. Significant biomedical, health and life sciences coverage includes nursing, midwifery, public health, gerontology, nutrition and dietetics, pharmacy, toxicology, biological and environmental sciences, biochemistry and forensic science.  Unlike the Maughan Library, this library is very modern in its look and infrastructure facilities. There are plenty of group study rooms available on booking. The library offer both color and B/W printing facilities. Follow Me Printing (FMP) allow the student to send a document to one of several designated ‘follow me’ printers located across the library. Web printing facility even allows students to print from home.  All students have ‘anytime anywhere’ access to online self paced courses from Microsoft IT Academy, available on intranet. The library follow zoning policy since 2011 and created variety of working environments to suit students needs.  There are mainly four zones namely Quiet Study, Silent Study, Group Study and Social Space.  In the Social Space, the students can eat cold food or use their mobile phone whilst they take a break from studying.  We also had one-to-one meeting with some of the staff. Mr. Guttenburg from the IT services explained about the IT support to the library as well as to the students. Mr. Vimal Shah, Information Specialist for Social Science and Public Policy gave us general and library brochures.  We had a lengthy discussion with him about the future plans of the library.  He said that one of the important areas they are presently working on is that of research data management.  They are currently working with colleagues in the Directorate of Research and Innovation to develop the King’s College London policy on research data management.  They recently launched a training course, Managing Your Research Data. This course looks at the management of research data throughout the project lifecycle – from project design to storage, preservation, re-use and archiving. It provides guidance on your legal responsibilities to keep data secure and covers data storage options, as well as advice on retention and disposal of records. The course includes practical exercises on best practice in data management planning.  Veronyka told us that they are doing away with all the print journals and only handful of journals left.  Another interesting area in the library is Pods which the Information Specialists use to have either one-to-one or group  discussions with the students.  There is as an area inside the library dedicated to students services related to their academic, administrative and international student services etc. This is the first time we have seen that the library housing the student general service area.

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Use of Pods for Discussion

Use of Pods for Discussion

Handful journals left in print format

Handful journals left in print format

Photos of the visit to Franklin-Wilkins Library  are available at Photo Gallery