Directories are basically the list of institutions, companies, firms, etc., of the government, corporate and private organizations. Directories serve to find the information on various aspects of organizations such as name and address, programmes and activities, courses, faculty, lab and library facilities, etc. These sources play a very vital role in providing the various sorts of information on institutions and teachers to the students and researchers, scientists and technocrats, administrators and policy makers and even to a general info seeker both in and outside the country. The Internet and web technologies has changed the way people communicate, interact, acquire, share knowledge, search, investigate and participate in the creation and re-use of the information. It is also an undisputed fact that ICT has brought new dimensions and opportunities in the process of information access and acquiring, consolidation and communication, storing and retrieving, downloading and distributing the value-added information throughout the world. Through using the web technologies, one can easily have designed and developed such online info tool provides the reliable, up-to-date, authentic and comprehensive information on the various aspects of aerospace/aeronautical teaching and teachers in India.
The journey of the aerospace engineering education and research in India started from the premier educational institutions such as Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology Kharaghpur (IIT-Kgh), Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-K), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-M), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai and Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh and the research organizations such ADA, DTRL, AR&DB, HAL, DARE, LRDE, NAL and ISRO. Currently India has a good networks of research institutions to undertake R&D progrmmes in the field of aerospace science and technologies.
Why this initiative?
Realizing the importance of the quality databases of aerospace scientists, which are not only demanded by their own organization/institution for their internal evaluation/assessment of their scientists/technocrats’ performance but also by the outside organizations for engaging them in various R&D assignments. Such endiveour also gives an account to the users on a survey of the available infrastructural facilities in this highly specialized and demanding filed of aerospace engineering and technology in the country for critical assessment of their facilities and faculties. In addition to, it is also an effort by the funding agency namely Aeronautics Research and Development Board (AR&DB), DRDO to have a R&D collaboration with the University of Delhi to design and develop a national resource facility of aerospace engineering educational institutions and academicians in India for the benefits of aerospace engineering communities and other interested groups.
How it was completed?
The project was started in the mid of 2012 had prior knowledge that only a handful institutions such as IISc, IITs, MIT, PEC are the institutions in the country which are responsible for imparting the education in the field of aerospace/ aeronautical engineering. But it is surprising that nearly more than hundred department/ institutions are actively involved in the teaching of aerospace engineering in the India. As the project purely based on a survey, hence the data was collected from the identified institutions through distributing ‘Data Capturing Form’ (specially designed for this purpose having the all fields necessary for developing the online directory) by posts/e-mails/telephones or even fax. To collect the data for any study/project is always a challenging job for an investigator/researcher due to the passive/indifferent participation of the respondents, it is obvious as the academicians are busy in their academic and research affairs. The present product is an outcome of more than thousands of mails, more than double of reminders and nearly twenty visits by the PI and Research Associate throughout the country.
How to Navigate?
The directory /product can be easily accessed through Internet on from anywhere, any time and by anybody or from the www.aeroscientists.in or DRDO home. The information on the aerospace scientists are arranged by their names in an alphabetical order under their respective institutes they belong. The information of the aero scientists is searchable through name, lab, gender, field of specialization, state.
Use and Utility
The directory fulfills/serves the following need of an information seeker who had interests in the field of aerospace engineering and technology in following ways: (A)To enable the research productivity of Aerospace Scientists and Technocrats and their major contributions in their respective field; (B) To act as a strategic reference tool to know the cumulative contributions of Aerospace Scientists and Technocrats in India; (C) To provide authentic and up-to-date information on Aerospace Scientists and Technocrats to targeted users and to other academic and research institutions/organizations of the country such as DRDO, CSIR, ISRO, ADA, HAL, DST, BARC, AICTE, IITs, etc, to avail their services and expertise in teaching, training and research activities; (D) An information selection tool to develop a “Think Tank of Aerospace Scientists and Technocrats” for the high powered and mission oriented national and international research projects and (E) To serve as a single window of sources for finding all relevant information pertaining to each and every one working aerospace scientists and technocrats in the country.
What it contains?
The online directory provides various sorts of information at one stop on the aerospace scientists and a highly specialized user to a general user to access, search and download tailor made/filtered information of their research works of aero scientists in India. It also literate to the information seeker on the various information segments such as personal profile, institute affiliation, work experience, mission mode completed/ongoing research projects, publications, specialization and other R&D collaborations. In addition to information, the website also links the rich/content based useful links of the aerospace science and technology resources available on the public domain which can be very useful and valuable to the aerospace communities. The directory portal also has feedback option for further research and refinement.
No work is ever the product of only its authors or researchers or PI, rather, it grows out a mass of influences, professional and personal, written and unwritten ideas and actions. Many people have important for me in the innovative initiatives and this is my opportunity to express and show my appreciation and gratitude officially and publicly to them. First, my greatest thanks are due to the funding agency namely Aeronautic Research & Development Board (AR&DB), DRDO, MoD, Govt. of India, New Delhi for providing the fund for this major research project and making us able to complete it in time. My immense thanks to Dr. AK Singh, Coordinator and Director, Directorate of Personnel, DRDO, Ministry of Defence and Secretary Shri Kuldeep Singh, Member Secretary Aeronautic Research & Development Board (AR&DB), DRDO New Delhi for his personal interest in this project and providing us all rounds of professional and personal inputs. Mr. Singh contribution has been invaluable to us and without his active cooperation this project could not be completed. Secondly any research project which is based on survey research could not be completed without the positive responses of the respondents. On this point, I wholeheartedly express my sincere thanks to all the aero scientists who enthusiastically participated in this project. For me they are truly the real heroes of this venture/project and it is also true that the future of this project will depend on them for making this directory/output more vibrant, informative, effective and up-to-date aero info tool. I will be failing my duty if I could not record the hard work, technical input in completion of the project to Mr. Avinash Kumar Maurya, Research Associate and Mr. Raj Kumar Pattion, Junior Research Fellow engaged in this project. Last, I am deeply thankful to my University authorities, Head and my colleagues in the Department for extending their full support and cooperation during project.
Dr. KP Singh, Associate Professor & Principal Investigator, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi-110 007. Email- firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone. 98180 57510. URL- http://people.du.ac.in/~kpsingh/