AMU library organizes Demonstration-cum-Training Programme on electronic database

AMU library organizes Demonstration-cum-Training Programme on electronic database

AMU library organizes Demonstration-cum-Training Programme on electronic database usage

Aligarh, August 31: The Maulana Azad Library, Aligarh Muslim University recently organized a Demonstration-cum-Training Programme on the usage of an electronic database being subscribed by the University.

During the event Dr Amjad Ali, AMU Librarian informed that the Aligarh Muslim University has excelled by achieving a higher rate of H-Index and included in category ‘A’ institutions of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) of the Government of India.

He added that with the excellence, AMU received special assistance under the Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE). He said that during 2009-2010, the H index of the University was rated with category ‘C’ institutions.

“The H Index is an indicator of excellence in research publications by scholars or scientists that measures the number of publications and the citation in other publications. The present H Index of the Aligarh Muslim University is 87 whereas the same was 30 in 2009-2010,” said Dr Amjad pointing out that these details have been revealed after arranging a Demo-Cum-Training Programme by Maulana Azad Library on SCOPUS in its Cultural Hall recently which was attended by a large number of teachers and research scholars.

Dr Amjad presented the usage reports of the currently subscribed internationally popular databases namely ProQuest, EBSCO and Scopus which show an upward trend in their utility.

After presenting the reports, Dr Amjad said that a culture of learning through electronic means is being created in the University as evident from the usage statistics, a database containing three million full text dissertations and theses as sent by their representative states.

“I would like to inform you that we have so far seen the highest usage in the 1st year of subscription at any central university subscribing ProQuest: Dissertation & Theses Database,” further pointed out Dr Amjad.

Mr Manish Uniyal, Solution Consultant of M/S Elsevier Private Limited, a celebrated science publisher of the world, gave the demonstration of Scopus.

Scopus is the largest database of abstract and citation of peer reviewed literature including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings containing 50 million core records including on going back to 1995, two million pre 1996 and 5.5 million conference papers from proceedings and journals. Approximately, two million records are added to it annually.

It was revealed during the programme that the Scopus database reflects the total number of documents and authors of the Aligarh Muslim University as 10766 and 3366 respectively, which means that the University is ahead of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and most of the others in terms of the number of research publications and their citation.

The Punjab University, Chandigarh, ranked as number one in India by the Times Higher Education, is ahead by 38 documents of the Aligarh Muslim University and is rated as the second best University of the country by the same agency.

It was further revealed that the Department of Science and Technology recognizes the H Index from Scopus database for the purpose of categorizing institutions for assistance under the PURSE scheme. The University has been subscribing the database at present.

“I am of the view that the actual H Index of the Aligarh Muslim University must be much higher than the one as reflected by Scopus since a large number of quality research publications brought out by the University in oriental languages mainly Urdu, Arabic and Persian and their citations are not being rated by Scopus while determining the H Index,” said Dr Amjad.

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