GUWAHATI, Feb 10 - A two-day national-level training programme on ‘KOHA’, an open source library management software, followed by a one-day sensitization workshop on 'Agricultural Knowledge Management Tools in the Network Digital Environment' was held at the College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Khanapara here recently.
It was jointly organised by AAU, Khanapara, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar (UP), Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University (Chennai), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, and Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad.
The training programme was inaugurated by Dr Rambabu Sarmah, national coordinator, NAHEP (IG) ICAR, New Delhi. The inaugural session was presided over by Dr Bibekananda Saikia, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, AAU. Dr Veeranjaneyulu, professor and university librarian, PJTSAU, Hyderabad, attended the occasion as a guest of honour.
Altogether 27 librarians from across the country – a majority of those from the North East – participated in the training programme.
The one-day sensitization programme was inaugurated by Dr Sushil Kumar, former Director and Vice Chancellor, ICAR, National Dairy Research Institute, Karmal.
The inaugural session was chaired by Dr Niranjan Kalita, Director of Research (Veterinary), AAU. Dr K Veeranjaneyulu, Dr Amrender Kumar and Dr G Rathinasabapathy, three experts on agricultural information, gave a power-point presentation at the workshop.
Over a hundred students, teachers, scientists and librarians participated in the workshop and got exposure to different techniques of accessing agricultural knowledge in the digital environment.
Hemanta Kumar Gohain, Deputy Librarian, AAU, and Dr KN Kandpal, Chief Technical Officer, IVRI, Izatnagar, coordinated both the programmes.