Kolkata: Come April,
Students in West Bengal will now have free access to international
journals and books online -- courtesy an electronic library.
The e-library consortium, an initiative of the West Bengal
University of Health Sciences (WBUHS), the umbrella body of 88
colleges and institutes dealing in modern science, medical
science, homeopathy, alternative medicine etc., will link all the
affiliated colleges spread across the state.
"WBUHS will be the nodal body that will link up with international
journal publishers like Elsevier, Springer etc. to provide free
access to the students. Students will be highly benefited as they
wont have to pay any fee to get through the journals," said WBUHS
Vice Chancellor Amit Banerjee, at a media conference here Tuesday.
Budgeted at Rs.3 crore, the project scheduled to start functioning
in April, will allow the institutes to make use of the published
papers and books online through a password system.
"The colleges will have their own passwords to enter the database
through which students can access entire papers," said Banerjee.