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Updated on 29 Nov, 2019


Dr. Uma Kanjilal

Director (I/c)

Prof. Uma Kanjilal Professor and Head in the Faculty of Library and Information Science in the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is also holding charge of Director of Centre for Online Education (COE).
 
She has more than 29 years of experience in the Open and Distance Learning System. She earlier also served as University Librarian, Director School of Social Sciences, Director Advanced Centre for Informatics and Innovative Learning (ACIIL) in the University and Director Inter University Consortium of Technology Enabled Flexible Education (IUC- TEFED) at IGNOU.
She was a Fulbright Scholar in University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in 1999- 2000 where she worked on Multimedia courseware development.
Prof. Kanjilal is one of the National Coordinators of SWAYAM (India MOOCs) and SWAYAM PRABHA (Educational DTH Channels) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. She is a PI of the National Virtual Library of India (NVLI) Project of Ministry of Culture.
Her specialization includes e-learning, multimedia courseware development, ICT applications in Libraries and Digital Libraries.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE:
1.      Research Assistant- IIT Kanpur (National Manpower Information System Project, Dept. of Industrial Management Engineering)- 1984 – 85 (ten months)
2.      Cataloguer – IGNCA Project (September 1987- August 1988)
3.      Professional Assistant – IGNCA (August 1988- August 1989)
4.      Lecturer- IGNOU (Aug.1989 to Oct. 1995)
5.      Reader- IGNOU (Nov. 1995 to Oct. 2003)
6.      Professor – IGNOU (Nov. 2003 – till date)
 
 
Administrative Experience:
1)      Librarian in Charge - IGNOU (June 2004 – May 2006)
2)      Director, School of Social Sciences - IGNOU (July 2007 – June 2010)
3)      Director, Advanced Centre for Informatics and Innovative Learning (ACIIL) - IGNOU (January 2012 to July 2013)
4)      Director (IUC- TEFED), IGNOU (August 2016 – June 2019)
5)      Director Centre for Online Education (COE) – January 2019 – till date.
 
 
INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS:
  1. Consultancy undertaken for Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) to support for “Advocacy, Capacity, Sensitisation of OER Adaptation and Policy Implementation in Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU), Kolkata”. September 2016- March 2017
  2. Consultant for Scoping study to develop Digital Libraries for UNRWA, Amman, Jordan (covering Jordan, Syria and Lebanon) November 2010- March 2011
  3. Developed two modules for the Commonwealth Computer Navigator's Certificate (CCNC) a free content project to improve access to computer skills training of Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada, in 2007.
 
FELLOWSHIP/ AWARDS:
Sl. No.
Name of the Fellowship/Awards
Granting/ Awarding Institution
Year
1.       
 
 
 
 
Fulbright Scholar in Information Science and Technology, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA
 
 
 
 
 
United States- India Educational Foundation (USEFI)
 
 
 
 
July 1999 – February 2000
 
 
 
2.       
Manthan Awards – e- Education Winner for eGyankosh
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), New Delhi
2008
3.       
Australia-India Council Grant – visited and delivered Talks in Flinders University and Education.au in Adelaide; Australian National University and the University of Canberra, Canberra, May 2009.  
 
 Australia-India Council
 
May 2009
4.       
DANIDA Fellowship to participate in the IFLA Conference in 1997 in Copenhagen, Denmark
 
Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
1997
5.       
Silver medal for 2nd Best Paper
IGNOU
2006
6.       
DELNET’s Best Lending Library Award for the year 2004-2005 as Librarian I/c, Library and Documentation Division, IGNOU.
 
Developing Library Network (DELNET)
2005
 
PUBLICATIONS:
BOOKS: 1 (authored) + 2 (edited) = 3
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS: 14
RESEARCH PAPERS: 32
POLICY DOCUMENTS: 5
UNITS WRITTEN: 34
 
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODY/ STATUTORY BODY (INTERNAL/ EXTERNAL):
Membership of Professional body/ Statutory body
Name of statutory body/ institution/
Period
Standing Committee Member
 
National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT), MHRD
 
March 2009 - 2015
 
Standing Committee Member
 
ePG Pathsala, UGC
 
2011 - 2016
 
Project Review and Supervisory Group (PRSG) Member
 
National Digital Library of India (NDLI), MHRD project of IIT Kharagpur
 
2014- 2018
Advisory Committee Member
 
National Virtual Library of India (NVLI), Ministry of Culture
 
August 2015 onwards
 
Technical Committee Member
 
SWAYAM Platform, MHRD
March 2016 -2018
Advisory Board Member of National Library, Kolkata
Ministry of Culture
January 2018 onwards
Project Approval Board Member of ERP project of NMEICT
MHRD
February 2019 onwards
Board of Management
of Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC), Calicut
CEC
November 2018 onwards
Project Approval Board Member of NDLI
MHRD
November 2018 onwards
Project Approval Board (PAB) of
National Mission on Education through Information and Communication
Technology (NMEICT) Phase II
MHRD
September 2018 onwards
Member SWAYAM Board
MHRD
August 2017 onwards
Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation Member
Ministry of Culture
March 2017 onwards
Member Planning Board
IGNOU
 
Member Academic Council
IGNOU
 
Member School Board – SOCIS, SOHS, SOMS, SOL, SOET, SOGDS
IGNOU
 
 
 
RESEARCH PROJECTS:
  1. Web Enhanced Training Programme on WINISIS (Principle Investigator) - Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) (2002-2004)
  2. Multimedia courseware on Digitisation and Digital Libraries (Principle Investigator) - Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) (March 2006 – 2009)
  3. Sakshat: One Stop Education Portal (Official Website of National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT) (Coordinator) - MHRD (May 2009 - 2017)
  4. Library Automation and Networking Project under NMEICT (Principle Investigator) – MHRD (April 2011- March 2017)
  5. EDRP project developing Web Hosting Management System and E-Portfolio modules (Co-PI) – MHRD (November 2010- March 2013)
  6. National Virtual Library of India (NVLI) (Co -PI) – National Mission on Libraries, Ministry of Culture, Gov. of India (April 2016- ongoing)
  7. National Coordinator for SWAYAM and SWAYAM PRABHA Projects of MHRD 

 

Official Address:
Centre for Online Education (COE),
Room No-1,
Dr.Radha Krishnan Block,
Block-17,
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU),
Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi - 110068
New Delhi, India
  +91-011-29572324
   +91-11-29533845
  ukanjilal@ignou.ac.in, coe@ignou.ac.in