Activities 2015-16

On the occasion of Birthday Celebration of Dr. S. R. Ranganathan, the Father of Library Science in India, we wish Happy Librarians Day to all the MILANers.

Invited talk on How to prepare for interview?
The session on “How to prepare for an interview?” by Mr. Deepak Chandrashekar, Placement Officer, SDM Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD), Mysuru, was scheduled on Friday, March 4, 2016 at MyDLIS, Manasagangothri, University of Mysore, Mysuru. The session emphasized the importance of preparation and covered the various aspects of preparation for the interview. The topics that were touched upon in the session were Subject Knowledge, Current Affairs, Communication Skills, Resume, Grooming, handling anxiety, first impression, and, how to conduct oneself during the interview. The interactive session helped the students to clarify doubts and to had additional information.

How to prepare a resume?
The workshop series was launched with a talk on ‘How to prepare Resume” by Ms. Sone Selvavinayagam. The resource person Ms. Sone started on the topic ‘How to create a good resume’. The nuances of writing a good resume were discussed in detail. There were many queries from the audience as they needed clarifications for their doubts about writing the resume. As the student audience were in the final semester of the post graduate programme, this workshop provided them a valuable exposure to resume writing. Ms. Sone pointed out some of the limitations in the resumes already submitted by them. The discussion on improvising was made in comparison with the model resume.

Inauguration of Workshop on Presenting Yourselfs

‘Your progress is our Concern and Focus’ thus said the alumnus and Professor of the Department Dr. Shalini R. Urs while presenting the objective of initiating ‘Workshop on Presenting Yourself’ series by Mysore University Information and Library Science Alumni Association (MILAN) and Mysore University Library and Information Science Students Association (MULISSA) on Friday, February 26, 2016, held at Department of Library and Information Science (MyDLIS), University of Mysore, Mysuru.

Dr. Shalini Urs urged the students to create their own personal brand and put their best foot forward. To enable them in this aspect, the workshop series has being initiated, she informed. Dr. Shalini stressed on horning the subject knowledge and exposure to library management to be strong in hard skills. To make themselves industry ready they should possess soft skills which help in getting them placed, further greatly help in professional & personality development.

Presiding over the event, Dr. M. Chandrashekara, Chairman, MyDLIS, said such collaborative initiative from the students and alumni forms will benefit the young librarians and it will greatly help the students to develop Soft Skills which are in demand by the Information Industry.

Dr. N.S. Harinarayana, Faculty Coordinator of MULISSA welcomed the gathering and gave a brief report about the activities of MULISSA and MILAN. Mr. Sunil Kumar, EC Member, MILAN and Guest Faculty of the Department delivered the Vote of Thanks. Mr. Shivu, Secretary, MULISSA, Dr. Sunil M.V., Secretary MILAN; Mr. Umesh M.L. EC Member MILAN & Guest Faculty of the Department and others were present.

Book Donation Campaign Program
1494 Books received as donation by Ramakrishna Vidhyashala School, Mysurur and Ms. Parul Shah, Director, Deccan Herald and Prajavani, Bengaluru, was distributed to Adharsha Vidyalaya: Government Higher Primary School (Jockey Quarters); Arivu: the open school (Arivy Education & Cultural Trust), Cauvery First Grade College (Kuvemunagar); Anantha Research Foundation; SDM Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD); and, Kautilya First Grade College (Vijayanagar). The books are segregated and distributed to enhance the collection of the libraries.

Panel Discussion on “Net Neutrality vs Free Basic
‘Internet is not something which can be owned by someone. As such, the facility should be free, with no discrimination whatsoever said N.V. Sathyanarayana (Satya), Chairman & Managing Director, Informatics India Ltd., during the panel discussion on “Net Neutrality vs Free Basics” held on February 1, 2016 at SDMIMD, Mysuru organized by Mysore University Information and Library Science Alumni Network (MILAN) in association with Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD).

Satyanarayana cautioned about the perils of Fare Basics which aims at providing a selected websites and internet services for free and hoped that the government takes steps to provide free Internet. Further, he said that India is still a land of low-mobile-internet penetration in comparison with other countries. There is a huge demand for free Internet in the country. He hoped that the governments would come up with strategies to counter Free Basics. Pointing the disadvantages and drawbacks of Free Basics, he said there is a fear that there will be a monopoly over the Internet leading to manipulation of public service.

Dr. Shalini R. Urs, Executive Director, International School of Information Management (ISiM), University of Mysore, Mysuru, justified the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) decision to reject Free Basics, pointed out that the initiative would give undue advantage to certain Internet Service Providers at the cost of others. She said accepting or negating the net neutrality is not very straight forward issue. There are various shades of arguments for and against net-neutrality. The controversial ‘Airtel Zero’, a rejected scheme proposed by Bharti Airtel a couple of years ago, has surfaced again in a new avatar as Free Basics, which also promotes the idea differential pricing regime for accessing websites. Now, Free Basics from Facebook has come in a new avatar. She questioned the intent and timing of Free Basics. It is possible to suspect that the Facebook is coming out with the idea purely on business interest and with very little noble intent. Further, Shalini said that the governments should come out on priority basis definite policy on the issue. Further, Shalini opined that Internet being a basic requirement in the information world should be considered as a public service and BSNL should have measures to offer the Internet at a reasonable price to counter Free Basics.

Mr. Kalpesh Mehta, Founder, Starsoft-India, Mysuru, said that the limited accessibility of Internet through Free Basics gives Facebook control over what its consumer should access. As an example he said when there are three e-commerce companies competing with each other, Free Basics will allow one of them on its platform and deny its consumers access to the other two. Further, he said Facebook is misleading users by using the word ‘Free’ and thereby trying to become a controlling authority.

Speaking on the non-adherence to the ideology of Net Neutrality, Dr. Sudhir Sosale, Director, Centre for Training in Advanced Technologies, National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysuru said that there is a possibility of Free Basics be misused. As an example he said what happens if Free Basics allows information pertaining only to a political party on priority basis during elections. He said net neutrality is an issue of public space maintained by private infrastructure. This situation leads to confusion. He said there is only 30 per cent of Indian population on Internet, such discrimination approach would give a huge and undue advantage to a chosen few at the cost of others.

The panel opined that there should be high order social and ethical statutory regulations. Experts said that TRAI should protect the rights of netizens in using Internet and realize the true agenda behind Free Basics.

The Panel discussion was moderated by Prof. Malathi Sriram, a faculty at SDMIMD. Prof. N.R. Parasauraman, the Director of SDMIMD, Dr. P.Y. Rajendra Kumar, Ex Director General, National Library of India and the current President of MILAN, Prof. M. Chandrashekara, Chairman of the Department of Library and Information Science, Dr. N.S. Harinarayana of MyDLIS and Dr. Sunil M.V., Librarian, SDMIMD and Secretary, MILAN, were also present.