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Palampur 17 October. A day-long regional training programme was organised for librarians of farm universities and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today.

Chief Guest Dr D.K.Vatsa,Vice Chancellor, in his inaugural address said that online use of resources from the libraries should be popularized among students, scientists and other readers. He said that there is huge repository of online books, quality research journals, thesis and other resources which can be accessed by the readers anywhere in the world. He also emphasized the need to engage new generation with books as youngsters are keen to read intersting, precise and concise information. Dr Vatsa said that all efforts should be made to increase footfall in the libraries by new ideas and innovations. The Vice Chancellor said that researcher should have global perspective to serve the farming community effectively. He also asked scientists to empower the farmers with useful new skills and knowledge by acquiring maximum knowledge by modern means like e-resources.

Dr.H.K.Tripathi, Librarian from ICAR, detailed significance of online resource CeRa for research. He told that it is the largest consortium in the field of agricultural sciences.

Dr R.K.Kapila, Librarian from host University, told that around fifty librarians, scientists and staffers from twenty five institutes took part in the training. He detailed about the rare books and other rich resources available in the University library.

Dr Sandeep Sharma, Regional Sales Manager from Informatics Publishing Ltd, made trainees aware about J-Gate.

University statutory officers, scientists and students attended the inaugural ceremony.

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