GUWAHATI, April 25 - The first National Digital Library of India, North East Regional Centre (NDLI-NERC) was inaugurated at IIT Guwahati during the sixth meet of all IIT librarians recently.
As the first regional centre for the National Digital Library of India, IIT Guwahati will aid all the schools, colleges, academic institutions, professionals, specially-able students � and all other learners in the region � to integrate with and gain free access to quality education.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by distinguished academics from IIT Guwahati and eminent librarians from across the country.
The National Digital Library of India (NDL India) is a National Mission Project in education developed by IIT Kharagpur under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development as a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single window search facility for learners of all ages and disciplines.
NDL India employs filtered and federated search to facilitate focused searching so that the learners can find out right resources with least effort and in minimum time. The platform, launched in 2016, is currently available as a free website as well as a mobile app.
�The new centre will help in the integration of regional content from the north-eastern states within NDLI,� Prof Partha Pratim Das, Joint Principal Investigator, NDLI said at the inaugural ceremony.
Dr B Sutradhar, librarian, IIT Kharagpur spoke on the importance of generating relevant educational content. �We aim to make the National Digital Library of India the primary source for locating educational materials.�
Professor Gautam Biswas, Director of IIT Guwahati, explained the historiography behind the advent of digital education in India � dawning from the television channel Eklabya to the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) � projects that aimed to spread public education in the country.
Guest of honour, Prof Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri, former VC of Tezpur University and currently Advisor, Education Department, Government of Assam, explained the advantages and disadvantages a digital library could face � from the lack of electricity in remote corners of the country to an initial inertia in recognising what a digital library can provide.
�IIT Guwahati needs to popularise the National Digital Library of India so it can benefit all stakeholders,� he added.
Six schools were invited to participate and interact with members of Team NDLI, an event where they learnt the multi-modal, multi-lingual and multi-disciplinary learning opportunities that NDLI offers.
NDLI has been conducting multiple workshops with students, librarians, institutes, public libraries, data scientists, other world libraries and a whole range of stakeholders in every state, union territory and abroad to propagate, expand and educate both sides of the table.
The library currently houses over 1.6 crore contents in over 200 languages from 148 premier institutes and boasts of over 30 lakh users.
With NDLI-NERC now a part in the spread of digital education in the North East, the NDLI is one step closer to its vision of democratising education where any learner from any corner of the country can easily gain access to quality resources and �Learn Share Grow�.