Dr. Jagdish Arora and Mr. Manoj Kumar K were conferred with prestigious NDLTD Leadership Award at Washington DC, USA on 7th August, 2017. The award was presented by Prof. Edward Fox, Chairman, NDLTD and Dr. James MacDonald, Chairman of Award committee during ‘’20th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations’’ organised by George Mason University with additional support from the Washington Research Library Consortium and co-organized by Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA) during 7th to 9th August, 2017 in Washington, D.C, USA.
As a part of the award, Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director and Mr. Manoj Kumar K, INFLIBNET Centre received Prize money of US $1000. In addition, Mr. Manoj Kumar K. also received travel scholarship of US$1500. Shri Manoj Kumar presented a paper on Shodhganga, in the context of Indian ETDs.
The NDLTD's ETD Awards recognize innovative theses and dissertations and leadership within the ETD community. These awards are presented each year at the annual ETD Symposium. The ETD Leadership Award recognizes members of the university community or National Institutions whose leadership and vision has helped raise awareness of the benefits of open access ETDs and whose efforts have improved graduate education and research through the use of technology.
The NDLTD cited : “NDLTD is pleased to announce that Dr. Jagdish Arora and Mr. Manoj Kumar won the ETD Leadership Award for their dedicated work on the Shodhganga thesis repository in India. Their joint analysis, planning, design and implementation of the repository began when there was hardly a digital or digitized thesis available in the area. The repository has since grown to immense proportions and is likely the largest such project in India, if not Asia. As the director of the Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET - http://inflibnet.ac.in) in India. Dr. Arora has contributed immensely to the promotion of open access and graduate scholarship there. Mr. Kumar as the director of the Shodhganga (http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in) repository has worked to promote the digital genre throughout the region.”
Shodhganga is a repository of Indian theses and dissertations set-up by the INFLIBNET Centre based on the UGC notification (Minimum Standards & Procedure for Award of M.Phil. / Ph.D Degree, Regulation, 2009/2016). The repository provides a platform for research scholars to deposit their Ph.D. theses through online mode and make it available to the entire scholarly community in open access. As on 21st August, 2017, 1,59,462 full-text theses have been uploaded into Shodhganga by 287 universities and 315 universities have signed MoU with INFLIBNET Centre including 15 Centrally-funded Technical Institutions. Under the Shodhganga Scheme, the UGC provides funds to the eligible universities that have signed MoU with the INFLIBNET Centre on Shodhganga for digitisation of backlist of theses and for setting up of ETD Lab. In addition, INFLIBNET also provides access to anti-plagiarism software to eligible universities that are signatory to MoU on Shodhganga. The project also received e-India Jury Choice Award for the year 2011.