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Ph.D. in Library and Information Science or Doctorate in Library and Information is a full-time doctorate course spanning for a duration of 2- 3 years depending on the norms set by the college.

Among the top institutes and universities offering a Ph.D. course in Library and information science are listed below:

  1. Kuvempa University, Karnataka
  2. Periyar University, Salem
  3. Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirapalli
  4. Sambalpur University
  5. Panjab University, Chandigarh

Candidates are required to pass the entrance examination as prescribed by the university and must hold an M.Phil degree or a post graduate degree in a pertinent stream from a recognized university or institute of higher training with an aggregate of 55% marks.

Admission to the course is done on the basis of merit list. Candidates are needed to pass the entrance examination prescribed by the university, in addition, interviews conducted by respective colleges. The entrance examination would be for a duration of 3 hours.  The weightage of the marks will be 100, divided into 20% objectives and 80% theory.

Candidates passing Ph.D. in Library and Information science have a wide area of employment options to pick from after the successful completion of the course. They can become Library trainees, Researchers, and research analysts. The average salary package for doctorates ranges between INR 3 to 25 lakhs annually.

Top Colleges for Ph.D. (Library & Information Science)

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Ph.D. in Library and Information science: Course Highlights

Course levelDoctorate
Duration2-3 years (fulltime)
Examination TypeSemester
EligibilityM.Phil./PG degree in a relevant stream with 55% aggregate marks
Admission processCommon Entrance exam conducted by the universities
Course FeeINR 3,000 to 25,000
Average salaryApprox. INR 10 – 50 Lakhs p.a.
Job PositionsTeacher, Researcher, Sr. Information Sourcing Analyst, Library Trainee, Sr. Analysts at IT companies, Technical Professional

Ph.D. in Library and Information Science: What is it about?

Doctorate degree in library and information science enables the students to conduct independent research and analysis, in order to understand the intricacies of cataloguing of information making them easily accessible to the people. The course spans 2 years, divided into 4 semesters each conducted in an interval of 6 months.

The course comprises a mix of theory and seminars. Candidates are required to submit a thesis at the end of the semester, the topic as decided by the respective college departments.  

Students after this course can have jobs related to planning and coordination of library’s financial operations. They can become library assistant, their main duties are accession, shelf arrangements, levying of fines, maintenance and binding of books and other materials.

Ph.D. in Library and Information Science: Top Institutes

Name of InstitutionLocationAverage Course Fee (in INR)
Dravidian UniversityChennai13,450
Osmania UniversityHyderabad3,000
Panjab UniversityChandigarh21,000
Pondicherry UniversityPuducherry25,000
Sambalpur UniversitySambalpur26,000
Kurukshetra UniversityKurukshetra25,000
Periyar UniversitySalem25,000

Ph.D. in Library and Information science: Eligibility

Candidates who seek admission in doctorate course in Library and Information needs to fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must hold an M.Phil. Degree or a post-graduate degree in a relevant field with an aggregate of 55%. (50% marks in case of SC/ST candidates)
  2. A master’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum of 55% or an equivalent ranking from a recognized university along with a minimum of five years of experience in teaching or administration industry are eligible for the course
  3. Candidates should pass the common entrance examination conducted by the university

Ph.D. in Library and Information Science: Admission Process

Candidates who seek admission for Ph.D. in Library and information science must hold a Master’s degree in Philosophy or a post-graduate degree in a relevant stream with a minimum percentage of 55% for general and 50 % for SC/ST candidates.

A minimum of five-year experience in teaching or administration industry holding a senior post also qualifies the individual for availing this course.

The selection is done on the basis of the entrance exam which is conducted by the university followed by an interview process held by respective colleges. Calculating the marks obtained in the entrance examination and interview along with the percentage secured in post-graduation level deems the basis for admission to this course.

Selection process

Candidates are required to submit a research proposal consisting of an elaborated thesis on their topic of research. The thesis should hold no resemblance to any previous work conducted or being done.

Application form for the course can be collected from college or through its online site. The documents needed at the time of admission are as follows:

  1. NOC ( if employed)
  2. Degree certificate
  3. Passport-size photograph
  4. Research Proposal
  5. Identity proof

Photostat of the above-listed documents needs to be attached to the application form.

Ph.D. in Library and information Science:  Syllabus and Course Description

The course consists of theory and seminars spread across 4 semesters in the span of 6 months.

The syllabus followed by universities and colleges are as follows:

Subjects of Study
Research issues in Library and Information Science
Information and Society
Information in Ethics and Polity
Area of advanced studies in Library and Information Science
Preparation for Academic Careers

Ph.D. in Library and Information Science: Career Prospects

The course enables the students to know the art of organizing information, cataloguing, maintaining book materials in a manner that it is easily accessible to the public. Candidates have a wide arena of employment options available in IT companies, Libraries, and Universities. They can also become Tutors, Researchers, Librarians, Information Analyst and many more.

Below is a list of job options that can be chosen after the course:

Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage Salary (in INR)
ResearcherAnalyse and Research new fundamentals of interaction2 lakhs
LibrarianCataloguing and classifying book materials. Maintaining records of the book materials2.4 to 3 Lacs
ArchivistWork includes selecting, arranging and retrieving materials and answering queries.3 to 4 Lacs
Sr. Information Sourcing AnalystAnalyse the data and organize information for easy access in future. 7 to 8 Lacs
Library TraineeTraining, managing, recruitment of staffs and supervising them5 to 7 Lacs
Teacher/TutorWork in universities and colleges at senior designations2 to 5 Lacs
Library directorsEnsuring smooth functioning of activities. Recruitment and management of staff.5 to 6 Lacs

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