Research Programme

The DRTC offers a Junior Research Fellowship programme in Library & Information Science. This programme helps the researchers to explore disciplines such as library science, information technology, knowledge management and quantitative studies. The researchers of the programme will find excellent openings in the industry, especially the IT industry, R & D organizations and institutions of higher education & research. 

Scope and Objectives

DRTC is well known for its unique research programme. It has been engaged in the frontier and allied areas of research in library and information science and ensures all the students and researchers are exposed to the latest information management skills and acquire skills to be efficient leaders for the society to bring about the change. Some of the areas, where our faculty are engaged in research are: 

  • Faceted Classification
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computational Linguistics & Analysis
  • IT Applications to Information Services
  • Scientometrics
  • Knowledge Management
  • Web-based information services
  • Information Organization
  • Information Retrieval & Systems
  • Ontologies & Taxonomies Development
  • Information Systems & Services
  • Digital Libraries
  • Knowledge Classification & Systems
  • (Research) Data Management
  • Semantic Web Technologies
Eligibility MS (LIS) awarded by ISI or Associateship in Documentation and Information Science (awarded by ISI or NISCAIR/INSDOC) or its equivalent degree (such as a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from any Indian/Foreign University)
Selection Procedure For the detailed Selection Policy please Click Here
Duration A student is initially admitted as a Junior Research Fellow. After two years of satisfactory progress including successful completion of mandatory course work, Junior Research Fellows are assessed for the award of Senior Research Fellowships. The combined duration of the Junior and Senior Research Fellowships is 6+1 years.
Syllabus of JRF Entrance Exam

For a detailed syllabus of the JRF entrance examination Click Here

Method of Evaluation  For the details of evaluation method Click Here
Fellowship,  Contingency grant and H. R. A.

1. A Research Fellow admitted to the Institute will be designated as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF). On satisfactory completion of two years, he/she will be designated a Senior Research Fellow (SRF). All Research Fellows of the Institute will receive a monthly fellowship and an annual contingency grant, as per the prevailing norms of the Institute. The fellowship will be extended annually if his/her performance is found satisfactory by the RFAC. Continuation of the Fellowship beyond two years will be contingent upon getting registered for the PhD degree of the Institute within two years from the date of joining as a Research Fellow. The total duration of Junior and Senior Research Fellowships shall not exceed 6 years, except only in situations described in item F.3.iv. below.

2. The annual contingency grant may be spent for the purchase of books and stationeries, photocopying, thesis typing and binding, thesis registration and submission fee, conference registration fee etc. The unspent balance of contingency grants at the end of a year will not be carried forward to the next year.

3. The Institute will try to provide hostel/hostel-type accommodation to its Research Fellows. In case the Institute is unable to provide such accommodation to a Fellow, due to unavailability or other reasons, the Fellow will be entitled to monthly House Rent Allowance (HRA) as per admissible rate. However, as soon as the Institute offers such accommodation to the Fellow, the HRA will cease to be given, irrespective of whether the accommodation offered is accepted by the Fellow or not.

4. A Fellow will have to refund the entire fellowship amount drawn by him/her if he/she resigns or leaves the Institute within three months from the date of acceptance of the fellowship. The letter of resignation should be submitted to the Dean of Studies through the Chair, RFAC at least one month before the date of resignation.

Admission Notice

Dean of Studies, ISI Kolkatta announces the course during the 3rd week of January or the first week of February, every year. The notices are published on the ISI Admissions Website.

Infrastructure and Facilities

Place  JRF in Library and Information Science programme is offered only at the Bengaluru centre.
Library and other Facilities

The library of the centre has, over the years, transformed itself into a hybrid library and provides a state of the art library services to its users.  The library subscribes to 300 highly ranked journals in the areas of interest to the Centre.  The library has a collection of around 25,000 books, 500 CDs, 15,000 back issues of journals and provides access to about 450 e-journals.  The consortium of ISI Library provides access to those journals, which are available in other centres of the Institute.  Further, there are facilities to access e-journals both full-text & secondary and the library OPAC from desktops.

The Library has a rich collection in the area of Library and Information Science and related topics. There are about 10,000 books and the library is subscribing to more than 75 International and National journals of repute in this special area.  Library also has online access to Library and Information Science Abstract (LISA).  A special collection of Prof. S.R Ranganathan, comprising about 500 valuable books is in the possession of the ISI (Bangalore) Library.

Computer Facilities Each of the researchers will be allotted their own PC with centralized 100 Mbps Internet connectivity. They will have 24x7 access to their computers and other allied particulars. In addition to it, the Institute also has a Computer Centre with 30+ computers and Demo Lab with several PCs. These can be used by all the students and faculty.
Hostel Hostel facility is available.