Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Scientific works of Sir Isaac Newton is now Online

Cambridge University Library holds the largest and most important collection of the scientific works of Isaac Newton (1642-1727). University presents here an initial selection of Newton's manuscripts, concentrating on his mathematical work in the 1660s.

See also

Darwin Papers from Cambride University

The collection of Charles Darwin's papers at the University Library originates in the work of his son Francis, who published two editions of his father's letters, in 1887 and 1903.  For these editions he collected as many of Charles's letters and papers as possible, which remained in the family after Francis died.  In 1942 the Pilgrim Trust and the Darwin family gave most of these papers to the University Library, another portion being given to the museum recently established at Down House.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

International Book Fair INBOFA 2012.

 Mahatma Gandhi University Library Presents INBOFA 2012

International Book Fair, INBOFA2012, is conceived to be an Academic Carnival for the promotion of serious readership through intellectual interactions at the instance of a Book Exhibition, rather than a mere trade-show of books. The focus of INBOFA2012 clearly extends beyond books and book-trade. An unusual Carnival, INBOFA2012 seeks to try and bring academic readership to the ridge of the ocean of knowledge, to have a feel of currents and eddies therein, and experience the publication industry's fascinating ways of distributive navigation. It attracts sellers and buyers, publishers and distributors, readers and readings, authors and editors, besides the general public, to one location of festive occasion. 

A variety of programmes such as theme based discussions, seminars, workshops, authors' meet, book launching and book reading sessions along with cultural and literary events offers additional incentives for the knowledge-seekers as well as the interested public to make it their destination.

For more details click here http://inbofa2012.mgu.ac.in/

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

University to gain from PURSE

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, is one among the 30 universities in India selected by the Department of Science and Technology for funding under the DST-PURSE programme. Under it, the university will receive Rs.9 crore for development of research infrastructure.

The university has been placed eighth among the 30 top Indian universities selected under this programme based on its h-index (a measure to assess the quality of research in science), university authorities say.

The Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE) scheme provides substantive research grants to universities based on the scientific publications in Science citation indexed journals through the SCOPUS database. The department identified universities with h-index ranging from 42-26 for R&D support during 2010-11. Mahatma Gandhi University had an h-index of 35.

The university will receive Rs.3 crore every year for three years. The grant is to be utilised by the School of Chemical Sciences, the School of Biosciences, the School of Environmental Sciences, and the School of Pure and Applied Physics, along with interdisciplinary centres such as the Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, Centre for Intensive Research in Basic Sciences, Inter-University Common Instrumentation Centre. A project implementation group (PIG) consisting of academics from all the science disciplines has been constituted by the university as per the DST guidelines.

Information courtesy: The Hindu, 24 October 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thomson Reuters Launches Book Citation Index for Web of Knowledge

Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of information for businesses and professionals, announced the launch of the Book Citation Index, a new resource within the Web of Knowledge platform covering 25,000 books in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

The Book Citation Index is designed to enhance the powerful discovery and analysis capabilities of Web of Knowledge by incorporating comprehensive book citation data. Researchers can search for and identify the most relevant and esteemed literature along with the 12,000 peer-reviewed journals and 150,000 conference proceedings already indexed in Web of Knowledge, enabling users to navigate the links in citations across books, journals and proceedings. Books are indexed at the chapter level, resulting in improved searches and deeper insights into the citing behavior between books and the wider world of scholarly research.

For more information on the Book Citation Index, go tohttp://wokinfo.com/products_tools/multidisciplinary/bookcitationindex/

More information on the book selection process for the index is available athttp://wokinfo.com/media/pdf/BKCI-SelectionEssay_web.pdf.

read more :  http://www.reuters.com

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Early Journal Content on JSTOR, Free to Anyone in the World

Journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.
The Early Journal Content will be released on a rolling basis. A quick video tutorial about how to access this content is also available.

You can browse a list of available content by discipline or by title. Please read  Frequently Asked Questions if you have additional questions about the Early Journal Content or contact at support@jstor.org.

Download a brief program description that lists some Early Journal Content highlights.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

WORKSHOP ON KOHA at MG University on Wednesday – Friday, July 6 to 8, 2011

Organised by : Mahatma Gandhi University Library, Kottayam and Kerala Library Association, Kottayam Region


6 th to 8 th July 2011.

Target Participants : Participants of the Workshop are Librarians from Universities, Colleges, Schools, and other Institutions. Library and Information Science students and teachers can also participate in the Workshop.


A maximum of 25 participants will be permitted. Admission to the Workshop is on first come first served basis. 
Registration fee : Rs. 1500 per participant. 
However a limited number of seats are reserved for life members of Kerala  Library Association and professional librarians of M G University and they have to pay Rs. 1250 only. 
Registration fee is to be paid by SBT Demand Draft in favour of Kerala Library Association, Kottayam Region payable at SBT MGU Campus Branch (Code No. 70669). 
The Registration fee includes workshop kit, working lunch and tea. Participants have to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. However necessary arrangements will be provided by organisers for accommodation.
The Workshop Co-ordinators
1. Prof. M R Unni, Registrar-in-Charge of University Librarian, Mahatma Gandhi University.

2. Rev. Fr. Jose Viruppel, Librarian Gr.I, S B College, Changanassery (Regional President, Kerala Library Association).

The Workshop Convenor
Sri. Unnikrishnan S, Assistant Librarian, Mahatma Gandhi University (Regional Secretary, Kerala Library Association).

Operating platform & Methodology

Lectures, demonstration, discussions and extensive practical sessions will be available. A live DVD based on Ubuntu Linux and latest version of Koha will be distributed to participants. Resource Persons The workshop sessions will be handled by reputed Academicians, Computer  professionals and experienced Librarians.

Contact Details for Registration

Applications should be sent by mail or e-mail in the prescribed format to:

Sri. Unnikrishnan S
Assistant Librarian,
M G University Library,
Priyadarshini Hills P O,
Kottayam, Pin: 686 560

Application form can also be downloaded from

Friday, June 17, 2011

UGC -NET BAGGER December 2010

Jasimudeen.s Cleared UGC-NET of December 2010 in LIS. Very few cleared NET on all India basis this time.The only one from Kerala this time...Kudos to Jasim.....He is working as Librarian in Maintenence Section.


Maghesh Rajan cleared UGC-NET of june 2010 in LIS.He is working as assistant Librarian in MGU Central library.Congrats...


Biju V.V cleared UGC-NET  of June 2010 and selected for JRF in LIS.He is now working as librarian ,Circulation Section.Hearty congrats....

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Workshop for enhancing Professional competency of School Librarians in the Digital Era

Date: June 29-30, 2011

Venue: MG University Library

School Libraries are the heart of the educational system. They play a pivotal role in nurturing knowledge and improving the quality of education. They not only help to inculcate the habit of reading but also a thirst for new knowledge. The advent of ICT has opened the doors of   possibilities. Now the role of School Libraries has changed from mere information transfer to content generation. The  School Libraries are becoming Information Clearing Houses and as such they will constantly change and adjust their role as catalysts in the Information Society.

Topics Covered

  • School library Management skills
  • The internet
  • Organisation of School Libraries
  • Psychological approach of reading
  • Library Automation

Digital Sources of Information

Reading is usually associated with print materials which still commands significance, but many of the same materials can be read online through the internet. Digital resources comprise mainly E-journals, E-books, Online databases, Blogs, etc.  The Internet, the medium that allows to access the information playground that is the World Wide Web, has provided a whole new medium for information exchange. Initiatives such as free softwares and open source initiatives have boosted the free use and availability of information. Digital Libraries are also gaining importance and enriching the world of information.  The workshop aims to impart library organisation, management skills and   awareness of the digital information sources.

General Information

Target Audience -School Librarians and Teachers in charge of libraries
Registration Fee : Rs.500/- (including working lunch and tea)
Maximum  participants : 30
Admission: First come first serve

The programme is being conducted as part of library extension services. The world is rapidly entering an era of technological revolution where information technology forms an integral part of social change. School Library acts as a bridge between school and Society, bringing increased knowledge in order to provide challenges to the inquiring mind of young people. School Librarians must have opportunities to keep up to date with the technological changes. We intend through this workshop, to make the School  Librarians equipped with information handling skills in this new era.

Programme Co-ordinator
Laila T Abraham, 0481-2731018

Convenors :
S.Anirudhan :
Sujatha R.      
Mini G Pillai 

Download Brochure from here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarships For Doctoral Studies

Information about JNMF Scholarships


The scholarships are available to the following categories of persons:
A) Indian Nationals for Ph.D. study in India; and
B) Nationals of other Asian countries for Ph.D. study in India.


A candidate may apply for scholarship in any one of the following areas of specialization:
1. Science and Technology as an integral component of economic and social activity, including the Philosophy of Science
2. Comparative Studies in Religion and Culture
3. International Relations and Constitutional Studies
4. Indian History, Civilization and Culture
5. Interface of Social Change and Economic Development
6. Environmental Ecology and Sustainable Development
7. Studies in the life and works of Jawaharlal Nehru


At the time of making the application for scholarship, a candidate should
1. Hold a FIRST Class Postgraduate degree
2. Already be registered/admitted for Ph.D. degree with a University/Institution in India approved by the Government in a subject in one of the areas of specialization listed above. Those who have applied for registration and have not yet been registered, are not eligible to apply.
3. Not be above 35 years of age at the time of applying.
4. Be a full-time Ph.D. Scholar.


Ordinarily upto 2 years.

a) Maintenance allowance including Tuition fee – Rs.9,000 per month
b) Annual contingent expenses for study tours within India, books, stationery, thesis costs, etc. – Rs. 12,000 per annum
c) Sleeper Class Train fare from the place of residence or study in India for interview with the Selection Board.

What you need to apply for a JNMF scholarship

The selected candidate will be required to give an Undertaking (available in application form) to observe the terms and conditions “of the scholarship.


Completed application form together with all the necessary enclosures should reach Administrative Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Teen Murti House, New Delhi-110 011 on or before 31 May. The candidates are advised to send their applications as soon as possible. The Fund will not be responsible for any postal delays in reaching the application by the due date.

The Selection Committee’s decision to call a candidate for interview or select a candidate for scholarship will be final and no representation in this regard will be entertained.


The candidates should ensure that the following documents are securely attached seriatim to the Application Form before dispatch :
1) A passport size photograph to be pasted on the form.
2) An attested copy of Ph.D. registration/admission letter from the College/University.
3) A synopsis of not more than 1500 words or about 3 pages of 1.5 spaced text.
4) University Doctoral Monitoring Committee’s report or Ph.D. Supervisor’s report as per details required in C-8 of the Application Form.
5) Attested copies of Postgraduate degree, marksheet and all other educational certificates/ degrees showing marks obtained and the date of birth.

Incomplete, unsigned or application forms from ineligible candidates or without the necessary enclosures are liable to be rejected. Please read the eligibility conditions carefully and apply only if you fulfil all the conditions.

For more details please visit : http://www.jnmf.in

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Classes for UGC-NET/JRF at MG University, Kottayam.

Mahatma Gandhi University Employment and Information and Guidance Bureaue conducting training classes for UGC-NET/JRF examination. Candidates belongs to Christian/Muslim/SC/ST/OBC (Non Cremy Layer)/BPL can apply for the same. Classes will be conducted on these subject - English, Commerce, Physics, Life Sciences.

Contact before April 18, 2011.

University Employment & Information & Guidance Bureaue
Mahatma Gandhi University
P.D Hills P.O

e-mail : mgueigb@yahoo.ca

Phone : 0481-2731025.