Library and Information Science


The Department of Library &Information Science was started in Gauhati University the year 1966 - the first Post Graduate LIS Department in the North East India.

Libraries are the backbone of any developed society. It is said that "The nation who reads, the nation that leads". This statement is true for the development of any society. So in this regard the department tries to make the society educated formally and informally through the classroom method by training young professionals and also help in the continuing education as well as adult education programme.

The Department was started in 1966 with a one year Post Graduate course leading to BLibSc degree. Later in 1979, one yearMLibSc course was started. The nomenclature of both the courses was changed with reference to UGC guideline in 1983 and both the courses were redesigned as BLISc and MLISc respectively. In 2001, again in conformity with the UGC’s guidelines, the course was thoroughly revised accommodating modern approaches in librarianship especially with reference to ICT use in Library and Information Centres with a two year MLISc course with four semesters. The course was revised again in 2007. From the year 2013-14 new revised syllabus with Credit and Grading system is introduced.

Old Departmental Data


The main objectives of our courses are :
  1. To acquaint students with the principles of modern management of Library and Information centers.
  2. To make them aware about the growth and development of universe of knowledge and its organization in different fields.
  3. To provide training in methods and techniques of research and their application to the problems in Library and Information Science and preparing one for further research.
  4. To acquaint students with the theory and practices of Information Technology in information collection, processing, storage and retrieval.
  5. To acquaint on the principles, methods and techniques of organization and management of modern Library and Information centers.


Our research areas include :

Computer Application in LIS, Use of ICT, Library Management, Documentation, Digital Library, Library Marketing, User Studies, Public Libraries, Special Libraries, Academic Libraries, Internet resources, Library Web site, Information Seeking Behaviour, Bibliometrics, Information Retrieval, etc.

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MLISc in Library & Information Science Library & Information Science 4 2 30

This is a two year integrated Course introduced in 2001 as per UGC CDC report

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate PhD in Library & Information Science Library & Information Science 10

Admission, coursework, evaluation of PHD programme is accoring to UGC and GU PhD regulations


Narendra Lahkar
MLIBSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Computer application in LIS, Information system, Bibliography
Rajani Kanta Barman
MLIBSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Information Management, Manpower development in LIS, Academic Library Management, System Analysis
Sanjay Kumar Singh [ Head of the Department ]
MLIBSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Computer Application in LIS, ICT in Library Management

Assistant Professors

Badan Barman
MLIBSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Website, Social Media, Web 2.0
Dipen Deka
MLIBSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Library Classification, Library Automation, Library Preservation, Digital Resources Management
Tilak Hazarika
MLIBSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Information Retrieval, Library Automation,Web based information services; Bibliometrics, Scientometrics
Alok Kumar Pathak (Collection Development in IT environment)
Anamika Baishya (Networking of Public libraries with respect to Assam)
Anuradha Singha (Transition from traditional to web based reference service in University libraries of NE India )
Barsha Rani Duorah (Job analysis of library professionals in Science and Technology institutes of Assam)
Bijoya Ray (Use of library software packages in the libraries of institute of higher learning in Assam with special reference to serial control module)
Bipul Sarma (Union catalogue)
Birender Pal (Role of INFLIBNET in Library development)
Deepa Baruah (The factor of competency development among the woring library professionals of the University libraries of NE India)
Gajendra Ballabh Dev Choudhury (Information support to social scientist in social science libraries in Assam)
Gautam Sarma (Prospect of using of Open Source Software in College and University libraries of Assam)
Jyotika Devi (Use of online reference sources in Engineering college libraries of Assam)
Jyotirekha Bhattyacharya (A critical study on digital archiving of Newspapers in India for developing a model in Assam)
Kankana Baishya (Management of Indian Institutional Repositories: an evaluative study)
Kishor Kalita (Challenges and realities of children libraries in Assam)
Kishor Sharma (Convergence of Information Technology in special libraries of Assam)
Kukila Goswami (Motivation of Library staff in Engineering libraries of Assam)
Mitali Goswami (Library preservation in context of IT environment)
Nabin ChDey (Prospect of consortia based resources among the agricultural universities in NE India with special reference to Central Agricultural University Imphal)
Nikhil Hazarika (Job satisfaction of University Library Professionals in Assam)
NirmalRanjanMajumdar (Management of manuscript collection in Assam in digital era: a practical approach using googlesites)
Pallabi Doley (Knowledge management practices in the University libraries in Assam)
Prasanta Kumar Deka (Rural Library system in Assam and SarbasikshaAbhiyan)
Rajib Kumar Das (The effectiveness of continuing education programme for LIS professionals : a study of University libraries of NE India)
RanjitRajbanshi (Strategic capacity planning for hybrid library environment)
Rubi Goswami (Research contribution of the Universities of NE India with special reference to Assam towards international science through the prism of Web of science)
Rumi Das (Management of e-resources in the healthscience libraries of Assam)
Sadananda Nath (College library effectiveness study with special reference to Tinsukia and Dibrugarh District)
Sharmila Bose Majumder (Evaluation of websites in Universities of West Bengal)
Tonmay Sabha pandit (Growth and development of University Libraries of Assam in the context of Ranganathan's Fifth Law of Library Science in IT Environment)
Vijay Anand (Designing of an e-learning model for supplementing LIS education programme)
Suraj Gogoi (Role of Library and Career Counseling Cell in guiding the students to enhance the prospect of career opportunities in the colleges of Assam)
Zabeen Ahmed (LIS Education in the Universities of India: A study on the course contents with special reference to NE India)


Department of Library and Information Science
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : (+91) 9864053349
Email :
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Computer Laboratory : 16 Computers

Projectors : LCD Projectors, Printers etc

Seminar Library : 1285 Books

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