The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Library and Information Science (BLIS) was started by IGNOU in 1989 in response to the demand for large number of trained human resource in the field of library and information activities. Such human resources are required to occupy various positions in libraries, documentation centres and information centres/institutions in the country at various levels.
Over the years there have been tremendous changes in the field of library and information science due to the development of information communication technologies, particularly the computer and communication technologies, storage technologies and multimedia technology.These developments are changing the traditional face and concepts of all kinds of libraries and information institutions. The University, therefore, felt the need for accommodating new developments in the course contents of the BLIS Programme, already in operation, to meet the challenge of the changing needs. Looking at the tremendous demand of the BLIS Programme and the changing scenario of the library and information activities, the BLIS Programme was completely revised and offered in 2000. Library and Information Science (LIS) as a discipline is undergoing paradigmatic changes amidst the technology revolution in the society. The networked society requires instant access to information. User needs have undergone a sea change. LIS professionals need to update and reorient themselves to serve their users in this changing scenario.LIS schools should also update their curricula to prepare the professionals to equip themselves to face these changes. It is in this context that IGNOU once again updated its BLIS Programme in 2014.
The examination relating to BLIS Degree has two components:
i) Continuous Evaluation (CE) 30% weightage
ii) Term End Examination (TEE) 70% weightage
CE is related to the assignments that each student has to submit before being
declared eligible to appear for the TEE. There will be one assignment each for all
the courses. The assignment for the course BLIE-227 is practical only. In the
courses, BLI-224- 225, and BLIE-228-229 there is a practical component also. A
student has to secure minimum pass marks (40%) in the assignments. The
evaluation of the performance of the student in Tutor Marked Assignments
(TMAs) will be done by the counselors and marks will be awarded to each
student. A student of BLIS Programme is required to secure a minimum of 40%
marks in continuous evaluation of a course and 40% in Term End Examination
(TEE) of that course separately in order to become eligible for award of Bachelor’s
Degree in Library and Information Science.
On the basis of the aggregate marks obtained in all the courses (theory and
practicals) the division will be awarded as under:
1st 60% and above
2nd 50% and above
Pass 40% and above
Candidates who obtain marks below 40% or who miss to attend the TEE may
appear at the subsequent TEE and complete the Programme. This facility will be
available to the students until she/he secures a pass percentage in all courses
missed earlier. But, the maximum period provided for a student to complete the
Bachelor Degree Programme in Library and InformationScience is four years from
the date of her/his registration into the Programme. In case a student is not able
to secure the pass percentage in four years, s/he has to re-register as a fresh
candidate, in case s/he wants to pursue the Programme.