MS Library and Information Science

Earlier known as ADIS

With the emergence of knowledge-centered economy and the knowledge society, information & ‎knowledge management has emerged as a major area of study and importance to large corporate ‎houses, R & D Institutions and Governments. The area cuts across several disciplines including ‎information technology, library science, and management sciences, to mention a few. The ‎Documentation Research & Training Centre (DRTC), a unit of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), ‎founded by Prof. S. R. Ranganathan is an internationally recognized centre for advanced training and ‎research in Library and Information Science. The DRTC offers a M.S. Programme in Library & ‎Information Science with the primary objective of preparing the next generation information managers. ‎This  unique programme offers an ideal blend of courses spanning library science, information ‎technology, knowledge management and quantitative studies. The graduates of the programme will find ‎excellent openings in industry, especially the IT industry, R & D organizations and institutions of higher ‎education & research. For those with an aptitude for higher studies and research, the M.S. Programme ‎provides a good foundation for Ph.D. programmes. ‎

Scope and Objectives

This is an advanced programme in Library and Information Science with special emphasis on ‎applications of  Information Technology.  On completion of the programme, the students will be able to ‎pursue an academic career or take up responsible positions in various private and public sector ‎organizations in Library and Information field.  The objectives of the course are to develop manpower ‎capable of:‎

  • Effectively and efficiently working as information professionals at higher levels in ‎libraries and information centres.‎
  • Design and developing information systems.‎
  • Contributing to the discipline of Library and Information Science in terms of research and ‎teaching.



The minimum qualification for admission to the M.S. programme is a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline ‎from a recognized Indian or foreign university (obtained after a minimum of 12+3 years of education) .‎

Selection Procedure

Selection of candidates for the M.S. programme will be based on academic records and performance ‎of the candidate in an all-India written entrance test and interview.  There is no tuition fee for the ‎programme and all eligible students will receive a stipend. ‎


The duration of the programme is 24 months (2 Years); the programme is offered only at the ISI ‎Bangalore Centre

Course Structure

The two-year programme consists of a total of twenty credit-courses distributed over four semesters. ‎These include colloquium, seminar and dissertation work. In addition, there are two courses in ‎Elementary Mathematics (each carrying four credits) in the first and second semesters for those who ‎have not studied mathematics at the plus two level.‎

The dissertation work on an approved topic will be spread over the 3rd and 4th  semesters. Evaluation ‎of the dissertation will be based on  

  1. the contribution by the student (original contribution or ‎some developmental work),
  2. the text of the dissertation itself
  3. presentation in an open seminar ‎‎(defense) and
  4.  depth of knowledge in the area.‎


Courses of Study

Semester 1:
Foundations of Library and Information Science; Information Organization (Theory and Practice); ‎Cataloguing and Metadata (Theory and Practice); Foundations of Computer & Information ‎Technology; Library Management & Library Automation    ‎(4 credits each) and Elements of ‎Mathematics-I  (credit or non-credit).‎

Semester 2:
‎ Information Sources, Systems and Services; Elements of Statistics and Research Methodology;  ‎Digital Libraries; Data Structures and Programming; Colloquium (4 credits each) and  Elements of ‎Mathematics-II    ‎ (credit or non-credit).‎
Semester 3:
‎ Information Storage, Retrieval and DBMS; Content Management Systems (CMS); Informetrics ‎and Scientometrics;  Web Technologies and Web-based Information Services; Seminar (4 credits ‎each) and Dissertation.‎    

Semester 4:
‎ Networking Technologies and Library Networks; Knowledge Management Systems; Semantic ‎Web;  Elective    ‎( 4 credits each) and  Dissertation (8 credits).‎
Electives : One of the following subjects has to be chosen by a student as an elective.‎
Business & Corporate Information Systems; Health Information Systems; Agricultural Information ‎Systems, Social Science Information Systems; TQM;  Data & Text Mining.

Note:  The programme may also include any other advanced level course as recommended by the ‎teachers’ committee and approved by the Academic Council.‎

Full syllabus here.

Method of Evaluation

There will be four semesters in this programme. Evaluation of candidates in each semester will be ‎based on their performance in the examinations / seminars / colloquia as applicable to a particular ‎course in that semester. ‎

Minima for Passing a Course: A student has to secure at least 35% marks in each course (credit or ‎non-credit)  to pass that course. Any student, who fails to secure 35% marks in a paper, will be allowed ‎one more chance to appear for  an examination (as a back paper examination) in that course. However, ‎a student will be allowed to take at most only two back paper examinations in a semester.‎

A student is promoted from one semester to the next if i) his/her attendance and conduct during the ‎semester are satisfactory,  ii) his/her score in no course is less than 35%, and iii) the average composite ‎score in all the courses taken together is not less than 45%. A student, who fails to get promoted in ‎semester 1 or semester 2, has to discontinue the programme. However, a student who fails in ‎semester 3 or semester 4, will be given one more chance to repeat the corresponding semester without ‎any stipend. At the end of the fourth semester, all successful candidates will be awarded the degree of ‎Master of Science (Library & Information Science) [M.S. (Library & Information Science)] of the ‎Indian Statistical Institute. The classification of all successful candidates will be done as follows: ‎


  • Candidates securing 75% or more marks in the aggregate will be declared to have passed in ‎first class with distinction, provided (s)he passed in all the papers in the first attempt.‎
  • Candidates securing 60% or more, but less than 75% marks in the aggregate taking into ‎consideration all the courses will be declared to have passed in first class. ‎
  • Candidates securing 45% or more, but less than 60% marks in the aggregate taking into ‎consideration all the courses will be declared to have passed in second class. ‎

Stipend and Contingency/book grant

A stipend of Rs.5000 per month will be given to each student. However, if a student fails in ‎semester 3 or semester 4, his/her stipend and contingent grant will be completely withdrawn, when ‎‎(s)he repeats that semester next time.  If the attendance in each course and overall attendance of a student falls below a minimum of 75% in any semester, his/her stipend is fully withdrawn in the following semester and he/she will not be allowed to take semester examinations (mid- term as well as final) for those subjects/courses where the attendance is below 75%. A student may also have full/partial stipend cut resulting from poor academic performance and/or unsatisfactory conduct.

Contingency Grant: A contingency grant for books, calculators, stationery, etc. of Rs.5000 per year ‎will be granted to a student on the merit of his/her performance.

Admission Notice

Dean of Studies, ISI Kolkatta will announce the course during 3rd week of January or first week of ‎February,  every year.‎  Please look for national dailies, if your aspire to take up library course.

Infrastructure and Facilities:‎

Place:  The classes are to be held in Bangalore.‎

Library and other Facilities:  The library of the centre has, over the years, transformed itself into a ‎hybrid library and provides ‘state of the art library service’ to its users.  The library subscribes to 300 ‎highly ranked journals in the areas of interest to the Centre.  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 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).  Special collection of Prof. S.R Ranganathan, comprising of about 500 valuable ‎books is in the possession of the ISI (BC) Library.‎

Computer Facilities:  DRTC has its own Computer-Cell equipped with 12 P IV computers with ‎centralized 2 MB Internet connectivity.  In addition to it, the Institute also has a Computer Centre with ‎‎11 P IV PCs and DEMO Lab with several PCs. These can be used by all the students and faculty.‎

Hostel:  Hostel facility is available.‎


Successful completion of the course determined on the basis of the assessment of performance ‎leads to “M.S in Library and Information Science” of  the Indian Statistical Institute.‎


  1. Dr. A.R.D. Prasad , Professor and Head
  2. Dr. Devika P Madalli, Associate Professor
  3. Dr. M. Krishnamurthy,  Assistant Professor

Visiting Faculty/Guest Faculty

Visiting Faculty are drawn from different specialisations - Computer Science, Linguistics, Management Science, Operations Research, Simulation, ‎Communication Sciences, Research Methodology are invited from other institutions in India and ‎also from abroad.‎