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Professor P. B. Mangla - Famous Librarians and Library Science Teachers Biography Series

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Professor P. B. Mangla -  Famous Librarians and Library Science Teachers Biography Series


Famous Librarians and Library Science Teachers Biography Series of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog presents the biography of Professor P. B. Mangla, a living legend in the field of Library and Information Science in India. The article is in around 6000 words and can be considered as his authoritative biography The highlight of this article is a one hour interview of Prof. Mangla which is embedded in the blog article itself. Seeing Prof. Mangla speaking in the interview is like listening to the history of Library and Information Science in India, including his experience with Dr. S.R. Ranganation, B.S. Kesavan, Mortimer Taube, and Dr. Carl M. White, and his experiences at the Columbia University, New York, association with IFLA, association with University of Delhi, etc. 

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Professor P.B. Mangla had his higher education at three prestigious Universities, viz. Panjab University (Chandigarh)University of Delhi and Columbia University, New York (USA). He obtained his Master’s degree in History from Panjab University, and, degrees in Library & Information Science from the University of Delhi and then Columbia University, New York. At the University of Delhi, he was a student of Dr. S.R. Ranganathan, father of library science and library movement in India. While at Columbia University he had the opportunity to study and do research under the guidance of well- known scholars of the world. He was a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar for his studies at Columbia University during the 1960s. ... ... ... (Read complete article on the link provided above)

Presently he is a Tagore National Fellow under the Government of India Ministry of Culture since 2010. This Fellowship Scheme has been instituted by the Union Government in connection with the 150th Birth Anniversary of the great India luminary Rabinder Nath Tagore. This is a prestigious Fellowship and funded generously to be at par with the basic pay of a Central University Vice-chancellor. Till now he is the only academic who has been honored with this Fellowship in the country in his field of specialization and has been called as a ‘legendary scholar and authority in the field of Library Science’.... ... ... (Read complete article on the link provided above)

Earlier, he served the University of Delhi for almost four decades out of which 29 years as a Professor of Library & Information Science. He had the distinction of being appointed as a full-fledged Professor at the age of 36 years which was a matter of real achievement in his career. During his tenure in the University of Delhi he held several senior and prominent positions such as Head of the Department; Dean, Faculty of Arts; Dean, Post-Graduate (Evening) Studies ( which had an enrolment of about 1500 post- graduate students); and, Chairman, Board of Research Studies (H). He was a Member, Court of the University of Delhi almost for three decades, as also, of its Executive Council (EC), and, Academic Council (AC) which are the highest policy-decision making bodies of the University, for several years. He functioned as Chairman, Governing Body, of two prestigious Colleges of the University of Delhi, namely, Deshbandhu College, and Dyal Singh College, for several years. ... ... ... (Read complete article on the link provided above)

He worked in Iran as an Expert and, in Guyana (West Indies) as a Unesco Consultant for several years. He has already visited about 50 countries for professional consultancy or assignments. ... ...  (Read complete article on the link provided above)... 

Contents of Biography:

  1. Early life and education
  2. Experience with Dr. S. R. Ranganathan
  3. Columbia University, New York Experience
  4. Career
  5. University of Delhi Experience
  6. On Delhi University Bodies
  7. On Academic and Administrative Bodies of Other Universities
  8. On National Committees and Commissions
  9. ILA President
  10. Association with IFLA
  11. Membership of Professional Associations
  12. Lectures and Addresses Delivered
  13. Project Director and Research Supervisor
  14. Research Publications
  15. Editor of Research Journals
  16. Awards and Honours Received
  17. Tagore National Fellowship
  18. Countries Visited
  19. Bio-data Listed in
  20. An Interview of Professor P. B. Mangla by Salman Haider
  21. References

An Interview of Professor P. B. Mangla by Salman Haider on 2016-07-13:

Librarianship Studies & Information Technology thanks Dr. R.K. Sharma (Librarian, United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan, New Delhi) for providing technical support for the interview.

Question 1. Sir, please tell us about your early life and education. Was it smooth or did you faced some challenges in your early life and education? How and when you decided to go into the Library and Information Science profession?

Question 2. Mangla Sir, How and when you decided to go in the library and information science profession.

Question 3.: Mangla Sir, can you please tell us a little about your experiences in the University of Delhi. We know that the Department of Library and Information Science at present is considered to be among the finest imparting LIS education in India.

Question 4: Sir, Kindly tell us How was the Department of Library and Information Science before you joined and what steps you had taken to improve the quality of education and bring it at par with the international standards.

Question 5: Mangla Sir, we are extremely interested in knowing your experiences at the University of Columbia, the Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship and your works there. You had the rare honour of the vice-president of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) during 1985 to 1991. Please tell us something about your association with IFLA also.

Question 6: Mangla Sir, please tell us you experience with library and information science luminaries such as Dr. S.R. Ranganathan, B.S. Kesavan, Mortimer Taube, and Dr. Carl M. White.

Question 7: Mangla Sir, your life and contributions to librarianship in India is considered as exceptional and as a role model for library professionals in the country. Please provide us some tips to become a better library professional library professional.

Question 8: Sir how do you see the future of libraries and librarianship in our country. What are your opinions about the present status of library and information science education and practice of librarianship in India?   

Read now complete article which includes the recording of the interview: