National Centre for Science Information (NCSI) is the information centre of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, that provides electronic information services to the Institute academic community. The Centre also undertakes sponsored R&D projects and conducts a training programme on Library and Information Management.
NCSI was established in 1983, as a University Grants Commission (India) Inter-University Centre (IUC). Formerly, as UGC-IUC for science information, NCSI provided national level current awareness services to researchers in Indian universities during 1984 to 2002.
Our vision is to bring world class electronic information services to the IISc academic community. Our objectives are to:
Apart from e-information services provided to the Institute community, the Centre undertakes sponsored R&D projects and conducts one year postgraduate training programme in Library and Information and Management.
NCSI provides variety of electronic information services to the Institute scholars. These include: intranet and Internet access to world's leading bibliographic databases; gateway services for electronic journals and open access resources on the Internet; customized web access; IISc e-print archive; and Electronic Theses and Dissertations archive services. NCSI also publishes a monthly electronic newsletter 'InfoWatch' reporting new Internet resources of relevance to S&T researchers.
LIS-Forum: NCSI also operates a moderated, free discussion forum (List service) 'LIS-Forum' for library & information professionals in India. As on November 2008, there were about 4065 library and information professionals participating in the discussion forum. More details are available here.
NCSI has all the requisite facilities for the development, hosting and management of state-of-the-art information products and services, handling R&D projects and to conduct training programmes. This includes a switch-based LAN, web servers, laboratory, lecture hall, discussion room, Internet connectivity, e-publishing and digital library tools, information kiosk for the use of end-users, licensed databases, and a library. Staff includes specialists in computing and information sciences.
Training Programme on Library and Information Management
NCSI and JRD Tata Memorial Library jointly conducts 12 months training programme in Library and Information Management. The programme has an intake of maximum of 18 regular and 2 sponsored candiates with the following qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree in any discipline followed by M.L.I.Sc / Associateship documentation and information science awarded by DRTC or NISCAIR. OR B.L.I.Sc followed by Master's degree in any discipline. The selected candidates are imparted knowledge and skills in setting up and managing e-information services, digital libraries and knowledge management solutions. The trainees are paid a monthly stipend of Rs.7500/-. More information is available in our Training Programme website.