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Prof Chidananda Gowda speaks on ‘Bridging the Digital Divide’

At the national conference, he noted that open mind was needed to turn digital divide into a digital dividend

“We need open mind along with open source and open access to turn a digital divide into a digital dividend,” said former vice chancellor of Kuvempu University Prof K Chidananda Gowda here on Friday.

He was speaking after inaugurating the national conference on ‘Bridging the Digital Divide: Open Source and Open Access Movement,’ funded under UGC-SAP DRS II organised by Department of studies in Library and Information Science at B M Shree Hall.

He said that today we lived in the age where universities have become library less, books- page less and page –inkless.

“We have forgotten the early theories of books and with the advent of World Wide Web and HTTP in 1991, computers have become libraries and we are now dependent on these tools for the dissemination of information,” he added.

Citing a quote he said that to obstruct the culture of reading one need not burn the books but make them stop reading books. He said that the very first university Nalanda which was built around 1,500 years ago in two sq km had 3,000 students and 1,000 teachers who had come from China, Tibet, Korea, Japan, Burma and many foreign states. The culture has diminished as we enter the digital age and now we need open mind along with open source and open access to turn a digital divide into a digital dividend, he added.

Vice Chancellor of University of Mysore Prof K S Rangappa lamenting the diminishing quality in education said that today the higher education institutions have seen increasing number of students and with the increase in the technology it has become a challenge for the universities to be updated.

He lauded the crucial role played by libraries in the scenario now.

“So I intend this conference will come up with focused deliberation on the present state of libraries where it has become inevitable to be in tune with technology, as technology is seen as both a threat and opportunity,” he added.

Visiting Prof Mahasarakham University, Thailand Dr H Siddamalaiah, Co-ordinator UGC-SAP DRS II Prof. Mallinath Kumbar, Chairman Department of studies in Library and Information Science Prof M Chandrashekara were present.

 

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