Information Literacy and Emerging Knowledge Economy in India

Ghosh, S. B. and Das, Anup Kumar . Information Literacy and Emerging Knowledge Economy in India., 2009 In: Library and Information Systems: From Alexandrian Heritage to Social Networking – Essays in Honour of Prof. S. Parthasarathy. SRELS, pp. 16-44. [Book chapter]

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The process of liberalization and globalization of Indian economy started in 1990s that catalyzed the emergence of knowledge economy in India. Since then many Indian corporate organizations established their presence outside the country, forming an informal India Inc. in competing globally. The information infrastructure situation in India has also improved a lot since 1990s, not only in the corporate organizations that exploit knowledge resources for the profit making, but also in the public institutions that generate knowledge for the development of all aspects of society and humanity. Judicious use of information resources, available now mainly in the public institutions, especially in the higher educational and research institutions, should be measured in terms of information literacy of the stakeholders. Information literacy is required for effective use, consumption and assessment of information resources available in the institutions. Information literacy can also bridge the gap between digital divide that we observe in many grass-root level initiatives in India in the forms of 'common services centres', 'village knowledge centres', 'community information centres', 'e-choupals', 'gyandoot', etc. ushered in with the participation of NGOs, developmental agencies and corporate organizations. Present study explores various initiatives in India that address information literacy in maximizing utilization of knowledge resources. This study also focuses on the various initiatives undertaken by different institutions, starting from the elementary level to the higher educational level, professional societies and other organizations.

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: India, South Asia, national knowledge commission
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information. > BE. Information economics.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CE. Literacy.
Depositing user: AK Das
Date deposited: 13 Jan 2010
Last modified: 14 Dec 2012 21:41
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/13266

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