Calcutta University’s digital collection goes online

In what might be seen as an indication of the occasions to return, when social distancing could turn out to be the brand new regular, the University of Calcutta has positioned your complete digital collection of its library online in order that bodily visits are not necessitated and the world at giant advantages from it.

The resolution of the University, arrange in 1857, has positioned in public area numerous articles, journals and dissertations, together with problems with The Calcutta Review relationship again to 1844 and Tagore Law Lectures relationship again to 1870. Now anyone, wherever on the earth, can entry them any time.

“We are living through a time of great uncertainty, owing to the global coronavirus pandemic. To cope with regulations of social distancing and lockdown, our teachers have initiated online teaching. They have also been regularly uploading study materials on the university website. In this spirit of online education, the university has also decided to open up free access to its digital collections. These would be accessible through the university website,,” Vice-Chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee stated in a round.

Two main causes

“There are two main causes underlying our resolution. The first is our duty to our college students and our school, whose training and analysis have been obstructed by the prohibition on bodily entry to the library collections.

“The second is our responsibility, as a public institution, to the citizenry as well as the world at large,” Ms. Chakravarti Banerjee stated.

“Education is a public good; and the need and worth of educational analysis will increase, greater than ever, if our society is to recuperate from the disaster.

“As a public university, we feel that it is our responsibility to make our digital collections part of a global academic commons, to facilitate the pursuit of knowledge beyond borders,” she stated.

Till now, the library services and assets, together with digital collections, had been primarily accessible to customers throughout the college campus.

Now, the digitised collection of full-text supplies has been made accessible without spending a dime studying — from any a part of the world.

“The University of Calcutta feels honoured to contribute to the communing of cultural-educational resources; and thus to strengthen the global networks of cooperation and solidarity through which alone we shall be able to recover as a planetary community,” the Vice-Chancellor stated.

According to a senior college official, this resolution to make the library’s digital content material public, despite the fact that prompted by the pandemic and subsequent lockdown, would, most likely, proceed to carry good even after the lockdown is lifted.

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