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M.S. in Library and Information Science (M.S.(LIS))

The Institute has been offering a course leading to Associateship in Documentation and Information Science at the Bangalore Centre since 1965-66. Since 2008-09, this course has been upgraded to a Masterís level course, called the Master of Science in Library and Information Science [M.S. (LIS)].

Course Structure

The two-year programme consists of a total of twenty credit-courses distributed over four semesters. These include colloquium, seminar and dissertation work. In addition, there are two courses in Elementary Mathematics (each carrying four credits) in the first and second semesters. However, for those who have not studied mathematics at the plus two level, these two courses are credit-courses.

The dissertation work on an approved topic will be spread over the 3 rd and 4 th semesters. Evaluation of dissertation will be based on a) the contribution by the student (original contribution or some developmental work), b) report itself c) presentation in an open seminar (defense) and d) depth of knowledge in the area.

Courses of Study
Semester 1:
Foundations of Library and Information Science; Information Organization (Theory and
Practice); Cataloging and Metadata (Theory and Practice); Foundations of Computer &
Information Technology; Library Management & Library Automation (4 credits each) and
Elements of Mathematics-I (credit or non-credit)
Semester 2:
Information Sources, Systems and Services; Elements of Statistics and Research
Methodology; Digital Libraries; Data Structures and Programming; Colloquium (4 credits
each) and Elements of Mathematics-II (credit or non-credit)
Semester 3:
Information Storage, Retrieval and DBMS; Content Management Systems (CMS);
Informetrics and Scientometrics; Web Technologies and Web-based Information Services;
Seminar (4 credits each) and Dissertation.
Semester 4:
Networking Technologies and Library Networks; Knowledge Management Systems;
Semantic Web; Elective ( 4 credits each) and Dissertation (8 credits)

Electives :
One of the following subjects has to be chosen by a student as an elective.
Business & Corporate Information Systems; Health Information Systems; Agricultural
Information Systems, Social Science Information Systems; TQM; Data & Text Mining, etc.
The programme may also include any other advanced level course as recommended by the
teachers’ committee and approved by the Academic Council.

Scope and Objectives

This is an advanced programme in Library and Information Science with special emphasis on applications of Information technology. On completion of the programme, the students will be able to pursue an academic career or take up responsible positions in various private and public sector organizations in Library and Information field. The objectives of the course are to develop manpower capable of :


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