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Dr. Ramesh C.Gaur is presently the University Librarian (Professor Grade), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi (www.jnu.ac.in ). Prior to this he was Librarian & Head, Kala Nidhi Division at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the arts (IGNCA), New Delhi and was the Project Coordinator of an International Bibliographic Project known as ABIA, South and Southeast Asian Art and Archeology Index. Dr. Gaur has also headed Kala Kosha Division of IGNCA during October 2009 to December 2010, and National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM), IGNCA as its Director from April 2009 to September 2009. He is the Project Coordinator for a collaborative project with C-DAC, Pune and Department of Information Technology, Government of India on "Development of Digital Repository of Indian Cultural Heritage" under the project "Centre for Excellence on Digital Preservation".
A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gaur is a Science graduate with Ph.D in Library and Information Science, with exposure to several-advanced training programme on the applications of IT to Library Management.
After rich exposure in corporate environment, he joined IMT Ghaziabad where his first major achievement of automating the Library and transforming it into a state-of-the-art establishment, hailed by all concerned. This feat he replicated at the famed Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and also at Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon. Digitization and Digital Archiving of Indian Cultural Heritage is the main focus of his work at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts.
Dr. Gaur has visited USA, Russia, Germany, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Netherlands in relation to various assignments related to Digital Library and allied areas.
Honours & Awards:
1. IASLIC- S M Ganguly Best Librarian award for year 2007
2. Satkal Young Librarian award for year 2009.
3. Facilitation by UP Library Association in year 2007. The felicitation honour through Education Minister, State Government, Uttar Pradesh
4. Felicitation by Chairperson- IFLA Newspaper Section on the occasion of IFLA International Newspaper Conference 2010 organized at IGNCA, New Delhi in February 2010.
Affiliation with International Committees / Bodies / Groups :
i. Member of Standing Committee of International Federations of Library Associations (IFLA) -Art Libraries Section 2011-2015
ii. Member - Special Library Association (SLA), USA
iii. Member Databib Advisory Board http://databib.org/about.php - A project under partnership between Purdue and Penn State Universities, USA.
iv. External Partner the proposal Digital Cultural Heritage – Roadmap for Preservation (DCH-RP) that you are going to submit to the European Commission as part of the FP7 Capacities Programme – Research Infrastructures Theme – Topic INFRA-2012-3.3: Coordination actions, conferences and studies supporting policy development, including international cooperation, for e-Infrastructures.
v. Member EBSCO Asia, Australia, Africa Academic Advisory Board
vi. On the invitation of UNESCO IFAP and Russian Federation, last month I went
to attend the International Conference "Preservation of Digital Information
in the Information Society" held in Moscow during 3-5 October 2011. I also
presented a paper "Development of
Digital Repository on Indian Cultural Heritage: A collaborate Project under
the National Digital Preservation programme (NDPP) of India". at above conference.
vii. Reviewed the application from University of Cape Town, South Africa on ICT4D for Heritage project submitted at National Research Foundation, South Africa, 2010.
viii. Speaker at the program, Library Development in Emerging Economies: Policies and Strategic Directions on Global Scenes, at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference, on June 21 – 26, 2012, in Anaheim, California, U.S.A.
Affiliation with National Committees / Bodies / Groups:
i. Member of Delhi Library Board-the Governing body of Delhi Public Library, ( An organization of Ministry of Culture, Government of India).
ii. Member of National Committee for Implementation of Submission and Access to Electronic Theses and Dissertations in Universities in India, INFLIBNET, Ahmedabad(UGC).
iii. Member of Project Review and Steering Group (PSRG) for "Tools for Digital Preservation Management of Heritage Archives – project proposal from C-DAC Pune for R&D funding".
iv. Member of Project Review and Steering Group (PSRG) for "Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation – project proposal from C-DAC Pune, C-DAC, NOIDA funded by DIT, Government of India under R&D funding".
v. Member of Expert Group on Study Report on Digital Preservation in India formed by National Digital Preservation Programme: An initiative of Department of Information & Technology, Government of India.
vi. Member Expert Committee on Digital Preservation Standards, C-DAC, Pune.
vii. Member of Task Force on recommendations made by the 5th Central Pay Commission for library staff and libraries, constituted by Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
viii. Member of Publication Sub-Committee of Rampur Raza Library, Rampur (Ministry of Culture, Government of India).
ix. Member of NASSDOC Modernization Committee constituted in accordance with the recommendation of the Committee on Documentation Services and research information (CDS&RI) of the ICSSR 2010-11).
x. Member of NASSDOC Committee on Documentation Services.
xi. Member of Committee on Library Standards of Bureau of Indian Standards, ISI, New Delhi.
xii. Convenor Course Designing Committee for Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), New Delhi for Library & Information Science for Class Xi & XIIth.
xiii. Member, Library Advisory Committee, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur.
xiv. Trustee and Director-National & International Collaboration of SATKAL
xv. Life Trustee of Ranganathan Research Trust and Founder Convenor of Ranganathan Research Circle (RRC), New Delhi.
xvi. Founder Member- Management Libraries Network (MANLIBNET)
xvii. Founder Member & Chief Patron- Association of Media Libraries Archives(AMLA)
xviii. Representing JNU in the Governing Body of DELNET.
xix. Convenor Course Designing Committee for Library and Information Science course for Class XIth and XIIth for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi
He has also acted as Expert Member/Examiner/Member of Committee to the various professional bodies and Institutions UGC National Committee on e-theses, National Knowledge Commission Committee on Private Collections, IMT Ghaziabad, IGNOU, DAV Schools, Max Muller Bhawan, South Asian University, National Archives, Jamia Millia Islamia, SNDT University, Lady Erwin College, MDI Gurgaon, BIMTECH, Apeejay, Greater Noida, Indus World School of Business, Indian Law Institute, DESIDOC, DR. BSRA University, Lucknow, Census of India, GNDU University, Amritsar, University of Pondicherry, IIIT All, DRDO, etc.
In 20 years professional career, he has published over 50 papers, delivered over 100 lectures, authored/edited four important books in his chosen field, and sponsored/supported organizations and causes related to Library Science.
Digital Library Development, Digital Preservation, Reengineering Management and Publishing are some of the main areas of his interest. As a Project Leader he was responsible for Library Automation of Planning Commission Library. He was Managing Editor of "Paradigm: IMT Journal" (1997-2002). He was actively involved in DAE, TIFR Libraries Consortia.
Member of Editorial /Advisory Board
1. Gyankosh: The Journal of Library and Information Science (2010); published by INMANTAC Publishing; Ghaziabad (U.P.), India. ISSN No. 2229 - 4023
2. Kalakalpa: Journal of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts; published by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi, India(209-2011).
3. ISST Journal of advances in librarianship (2011); published by Intellectual Society for Socio – Techno Welfare; Ghaziabad (U.P.), India.
4. Journal of Library Management a quarterly journal of Management Libraries Network (MANLIBNET)
Board of Management
• Inspire: A Quarterly Magazine of the Eminent (2007); published by The Eminent, New Delhi.
• Member Review Committee World Digital Libraries: The International Journal of TERI
• Guest Editor for Special Issue on Digital Preservation of DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology (July 2012).
• He alongwith Prof. Krishan Kumar and Mr. V. Jairaj has contributed a chapter entitled "India: Libraries, Archives and Museums" in the 3rd edition of Encyclopedia of Library and information Sciences published by Taylor and Francis, USA.
Dr. Gaur has been the conference Director/member of Organizing Committees/Key Note Speaker in various National/International Conferences organized in India. He has organized various National and International Conferences in collaboration with bodies like SLA, IFLA, MANLIBNET, UPLA, RRC, IASLIC, Max Mueller Bhawan, GBO and Bharat Soka Gakkai etc. He has guided a number of students of M.L.I.Sc, M. Phil., Ph.D, B.Lib.I.Sc, PGDCA, MCA of various Universities.
Dr. Ramesh C Gaur
PGDCA, MLISc,Ph.D. Fulbright Scholar (Virginia Tech, USA)
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