Narendra Lahkar

Narendra Lahkar


MLibSc (Gauhati) MSc (Shefield) PhD (Gauhati)

Computer application in LIS, Information system, Bibliography

Department of Library and Information Science
Gauhati University, Guwahati, 781014

Brief Biodata: Professor Narendra Lahkar is presently a professor in the DLISc, Gauhati University and in LIS teaching for last 30 years. He did MSc in Information Studies from Sheffield University (UK) and MLibSc, PhD from Gauhati University. He was the Head, DLISc, GU for more than 12 years and also Dean of Faculty of Arts, GU. Prof Lahkar is the President, Assam College Librarians’ Association, Vice President, IASLIC, Kolkata, and Life Member of ILA, ALA, ALSD. He was a Foundation Member of RRRLF, Dept of Culture, GoI, Kolkata and Member of State Library Planning Committees: Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland (2014/15-16/17). He authored more than 35 research papers published in both national and international publications and edited seven LIS publications in addition to two Journals. He is the member Editorial Board in number of Professional Journal including IASLIC Bulletin, ACLA Bulletin. 19 research scholars have been awarded PhD with his guide-ship and 8 are working. Besides in different states of India, Besides in India, Prof Lahkar has visited different university, public and special libraries of UK, USA and Bangladesh. He is the Principal Investigator of the ongoing UGC-Major Research Project on Establishment of University Library Network in North East India.

Academic Qualification  
MSc in Information Studies, University of Sheffield, UK 
MLibSc, Gauhati University
PhD, Gauhati University

Teaching Experiences 
Lecturer, Gauhati University (Jan, 1986 to May, 1994) 
Reader, Gauhati University (June, 1994 to March, 2005) 
Professor, Gauhati University (April, 2005 till continuing) (Total more than 30 years)

Administrative/ Research Experience:
1. Dean, Faculty of Arts, Gauhati University for six months (wef 09-05-2015)
2. Head of the Dept, Library and Information Science, GU for more than 12 years
3. One ICSSR Major Research Project on Creating Database of Rural Libraries of North East India is completed/ Submitted
4. One ongoing UGC Major Research Project on Networking of University Libraries of North East India
5. Recognized PhD guide, Gauhati University
a. 19 Scholars have been awarded PhD under my guidance b. 8 Scholars are working presently

Other Experiences:  
1. Deputy Director i/c, Academic Staff College (Now UGC-HRDC), Gauhati University for one and half years (wef 01.06.1998)
2. University Librarian i/c, Gauhati University for one and half years (wef 01.03.2009)
3. Director i/c, Pre-Examination Training Center (A center established by Gauhati University for conducting coaching programme for Competitive Examination including IAS, ACS, Banking Services), Gauhati University (wef 01.12.2012 continuing)

Academic/ Professional Responsibility (either already completed or continuing)
1. Act as Resource persons in different Refreshers courses and Orientation Programmes of both University and College Teachers organized by UGC- HRDC, Gauhati University, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya, NEHU, Shillong, Manipur University, North Bengal University, National Knowledge Resource Consortium, IASST, DST, Govt of India
2. Member Selection Bodies for selection of Faculties/ Librarians of Gauhati University, Tezpur University, Assam University, Silchar, NEHU, Shillong, Manipur University, Mizoram University, Tripura University, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Calcutta University, Bardwan University, Gowalior University
3. Visitor's Nominee, Selection Committee under School of Economics, Managemenr and Information Science (SEMIS) in Mizoram University (October, 2015)
4. Member of Selection Bodies for Selection of Principal of 10 (till date) Colleges under Gauhati University
5. Chairman, Board of Studies in LIS, University of Gauhati (for 12 years)
6. Chairman, Department Research Committee in LIS, GU (since its inception for 10 years)
7. Member, Board of Studies in LIS, University of Gauhati, Dibrugarh, Assam University, NEHU and Mizoram University
8. Member, Academic Council, Gauahti University
9. Member, Standing Committee, Academic Council, Gauhati University wef 06.02.2012 for a three year term)
10. Foundation Member, Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation (RRRLF), Dept of Culture, Govt of India (2014/15- 2016/17)
11. Chairman, Draft Committee for Library Legislation for Assam, constituted by the Govt of Assam (2008)
12. President, Governing Body, Rangia College for a 2 year term
13. Vice President, Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC), a national professional body, earlier for two terms (3 year each) and presently continuing (ie 3rd terms)
14. President, Assam College Librarians' Association (ACLA), a state level LIS professional body of the colleges of Assam for 3 consecutive terms (two year term), Presently continuing
15. Working President, Assam Library Association, a state level LIS professional association in LIS for two consecutive terms and General Secretary for two consecutive terms (two year term)
16. Vice president, Gauhati University Teachers' Association (GUTA)for a one year term
17. General Secretary, Gauhati University Teachers' Association (GUTA) for a one year term
18. General Secretary, Bharatiya Sikshan Mandal (BSM), Assam State Unit for 6 years.
19. Member, State Planning Committee for Public Libraries in the State of Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram ((2014/15 - 2016/17)
20. Advisor, Sodou Assam Gramya Puthibharal Santha (All Assam Rural Libraries Association) (2015 onwards)
21. Expert at the Institution Level Search - Cum - Screening Committee of Tagore National Fellowship in Cultural Research, Dept of Culture, Govt of India (2014-15)

Other Academic/ Professional Works
1. Act as Chairman in different National Seminar in LIS organized by different bodies at different places: Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pondichery, Chennai, etc.
2. Delivered Keynote speech/ Invited lecture in different National Seminars/ Workshops organized by the Universities and Colleges of Assam and outside Assam
3. Course Coordinator of number of Orientation Programmes and Refreshers Courses for University and College libraries organized by UGC-HRDC (earlier Academic Staff College)
4. Seminar Director/ Workshop Director in number of National/ Regional/ State level Seminars/ Workshops
5. Organizing Secretary of number of National Seminars, Training Programmes, Workshops, and other related programmes.
6. General Secretary, Silver Jubilee Celebration Committee, Dept of Lib & Inf Sc, GU (1992)
7. President, Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee, Dept of Lib & Inf Sc, GU (Continuing)
8. President, North East India Library Network (NEILIBNET) (Continuing)
9. Member, Editorial Board, IASLIC Bulletin (two Terms of three year term), RRRLF Newsletter, ACLA Bulletin, ALA Publications, etc (continuing), ILA Bulletin (Jan-Dec 2003)
10. While in UK and USA, visited different university and public libraries using Modern Technologies. Libraries include British Libraries, Library at British Museum, Libraries of Sheffield University, Edinburg University, Glasgow University (UK) and Indiana University, Arizona State University, University of Southern California, New York Public Library (USA)

1. More than 30 articles/ papers published in national/ international publications/ Journals
2. Edited four Journals two with ISSN
3. Edited Eight books, five with ISBN
a. Automation of Libraries in North Eastern Region: Trends, issues and challenges (2003),
Planner (1st: 2003: Shillong), Ahmedabad, Inflibnet (ISBN: 81-900825-7-4) (Jt editor)
b. Social role of Media and building up of a National Information Resource centre-cum-archive for the North East. (2004), Guwahati, Media Trust
c. Library as a global information hub: perspectives and challenges. (2007), Planner (5th:
2007: Guwahati) (ISBN: 978-81-902079-5-9) (Jt editor)
d. Rural Libraries in the North East India: Problems and prospects (2007), Kolkata, Central Reference Library
e. Changing Library scenario in Digital Era. (2008), Guwahati, ACLA
f. Digitization and networking of library and information centres in North East India (2009), Gauhati University, DLISc (ISBN: 978-81-908708-0-1)
g. North East India Library Network: challenges and opportunities. (2014), Gauhati
University, DLISc (ISBN: 978-81-908708-0-3)
h. Prospects of consortia for North East India libraries. (2016), Gauhati University, DLISc (ISBN: 978-1-908708-0-5)

Member: Professional/ Academic/ Social Bodies
1. Life member, Indian Library Association
2. Life member, Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centers
3. Life member, Indian Association of Library & Information Science Teachers Association
4. Life member, Association of Library Science and Documentation, Hyderabad
5. Life member, Assam Library Association
6. Life member, Bharatiya Sikshan Mandal
7. Life member, Asom Sahitya Sabha (Literary organization)
8. Life member, Asom Sishu Kalyan Sadan (an NGO for Orphans)