Inaugural Session of XXXI IATLIS National Conference

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On the Inaugural Session of XXXI IATLIS National Conference “Hundred Years of LIS
Education and Library Services in South Asia: Perceptions and Directions”  jointly
organized by Indian Association of Teachers of Library and Information Science (IATLIS)
and Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh from November 20 to 21. Guests and delegates were
warmly welcomed by the President, IATLIS Dr. Jagtar Singh.
The Chief Guest PU Dean College Development Council (DCDC), Dr. Naval Kishore wished the
conference a huge success. It was followed by a video address by Vice Chancellor JK
Lakshmipat University, Jaipur Prof. Roshan Raina. He talked about the vision plan of LIS
Education in the new information environment. Dr. H.R. Chopra the Guest of Honour
elaborated on the theme of the conference and its relevance. The keynote speaker,
Professor, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra Dr. Ashu Shokeen and President Indian
Library Association highlighted the developments in LIS profession during the last 100
years in South Asia and emphasized on the need of metamorphosis required for the
sustainability of the library profession in the sub-continent. The world is moving very
fast in the age of knowledge society. To keep pace with the developments and to accept
challenges as opportunities. The South Asian stakeholders must join hands together for
academic and professional collaboration.
The guest of Honour, Director Library, Lahore University of Management Sciences and
President, Pakistan Library Association (Punjab) Dr. Muhammad Ramzan emphasized that we
should look ahead and plan our curriculum and research for next 100 years. Training of
library and information professionals should minimize the gap between theory and
practice. He believed in seeing is believing. Dr. Ramzan called upon the professional
associations of both the countries to come forward and collaborate. Library and
Information Science profession has become inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary and
we need to involve computer scientists, data analysts and Psychologists besides others
for providing customized information services to the users.
On this occasion Dr. Ramzan was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Satinder
Kaur Ramdev Memorial Trust for Advancement of Librarianship (SATKAL). Two books were
released on the occasion of Centennial Celebration of LIS. First a two volume
festschrift in honour of Dr. Jagtar Singh, President IATLIS edited by Dr. I.V. Malhan,
Dr. Trishanjit Kaur, and Dr. Navkiran Kaur. UNESCO MILID yearbook 2015 jointly edited by
Dr. Jagtar was also released.
Dr. Neeraj Kumar Singh proposed the vote of thanks and Dr. Neeru Bhatia conducted the stage.

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