The Department

The Department of Library &Information Science was started in Gauhati University the year 1966 being the first Post Graduate LIS Department in the North East India.

Libraries are the backbone of any developed society. It is said that "The nation who reads, the nation that leads". This statement is true for the development of any society. So in this regard the department tries to make the society educated formally and informally through the classroom method by training young professionals and also help in the continuing education as well as adult education programme.



The Department was started in 1966 with a one year Post Graduate course leading to BLibSc degree. Later in 1979, one year MLibSc course was started. The nomenclature of both the courses was changed with reference to UGC guideline in 1983 and both the courses were redesigned and renamed as BLISc and MLISc, respectively. In the year 2001, again in conformity with the UGC’s guidelines, the course was thoroughly revised accommodating modern approaches in librarianship especially with reference to ICT use in Library and Information Centres with a two year MLISc course with four semesters. The course was revised again in 2007. From the year 2013-14 new revised syllabus with Credit and Grading system is introduced.