Development of Indian agricultural libraries from NATP to NAIP with special reference to information and communication technology applications

Sunil Goria
The paper discusses the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Indian Agricultural Libraries (IAL) from NATP (National Agricultural Technology Project) to NAIP (National Agricultural Innovation Project) which are World Bank funded projects for Indian National Agricultural Research System (INARS). NATP project was launched in the year 1998 by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) with the aim of strengthening the INARS. ICAR realized the urgent need for strengthening the IAL i.e. Libraries of ICAR Institutes and State Agricultural Universities to achieve the mandate of NATP project. NAIP was launched by ICAR in 2006 with the main focus on consortium based activities in agriculture sector of India. Under NAIP, important projects of Component-1 i.e. CeRA (Consortium of electronic Resources in Agriculture), Krishi Prabha, e-Granth, AGROWEB have been critically examined. Impact of NATP and NAIP on IAL has been discussed the paper to know the status and scope of improvement in the ICT based library and information services of IAL.