Implementing Agency: INFLIBNET Centre
All universities in India are expected to join the National Repository of Electronic Theses Dissertations (ETD) after UGC issues a gazette notification in this regard. Universities are signing MoU with the INFLIBNET Centre to join Shodhganga project. “Shodhganga” is the name of the national digital repository of Indian Electronic Theses and Dissertations.
The universities that sign MoU with the INFLIBNET Centre are given incentives in terms of funds for digitisation of old theses as well as for setting up of ETD Labs. Besides, universities also get access to an anti-plagiarism software tool that detects plagiarism and thereby helps in improving quality of the theses. The project is so useful that it will undoubtedly motivate universities to support the digitisation of theses.
The project will grow as more and more theses get submitted and the platform is enhanced to provide better search and discovery experience.
Need for the Project
As long as theses and dissertations are not digitized, there is bound to be issues like duplication or even plagiarism. This is wastage of real talent and resources. The UGC Notification (Minimum Standards & Procedure for Award of M.Phil. / Ph.D Degree, Regulation, 2009) dated 1st June 2009 mandates submission of electronic version of theses and dissertations by the researchers in universities with the aim of facilitating open access to Indian theses and dissertation to the academic community world-wide.
Online availability of electronic theses through centrally-maintained digital repositories will not only ensure easy access and archiving of Indian doctoral theses, it will also help in raising the standard and quality of the research.