Electronic Theses and Dissertations are primary sources of research materials that originates from doctoral theses/dissertations submitted to the universities for award of Ph.D. As per UGC Notification (Minimum Standards & Procedure for Award of M.Phil./PhD Degree, Regulation, 2009/2016) it is mandatory to submit electronic version of theses and dissertations by the researchers in universities into a national repository with an aim to facilitate open access to Indian theses and dissertations to the academic community world-wide. Universities are requested to host soft copy of the theses awarded by the universities into a central repository i.e. Shodhganga. Since 2010 January, the number of theses has grown progressively and the repository has reached about 1, 55, 600+ theses in August, 2017 which makes Shodhganga the largest repository of PhD theses in India. The National conference is aimed at enhancing the quality of ETDs and deliberates on various parameters effecting the creation and maintenance of ETDs at university as well as national level. In addition to the invited talk from the national experts in the domain of ETDs, sessions will be provided to understand the workflow and process involved in creation of ETDs. The conference also addresses important issues like plagiarism, copyright, digitisation, etc.
This national conference on iETD 2017 is fourth in the series. The first national conference was organized in JNU, New Delhi on March 22nd-23rd, 2012. The second and third national conference was organised at INFLIBNET Centre, Gandhinagar from 22nd-23rd January, 2015 and on 5-7 October, 2016 respectively. The fourth national conference would serve as an excellent educational opportunity to librarians, research scholars, supervisors and other ETD professionals from universities to create/build policy on ETD/anti-plagiarism and maintain their digital repositories by interacting each other. The goal of the conference is to offer relevant, practice-oriented content to support National ETD productivity improvement, ETD professionals, advance ETD operations, and encourage the creation of quality repository for national ETDs in India.