Documentation Research and Training Center (DRTC): A Historical Perspective


Year : 2022,
Volume & Issue : LIB PRO. 42(1), JAN-JUN 2022
Page No. : 220-230,
Article Type : Review Aticle
Article DOI : 10.5958/2320-317X.2022.00020.4 (Received on 10.01.2022, Revised on 07.05.2022, Accepted on 12.05.2022)



Dr. MP Satija*, Amit Tiwari**, Mayukh Bagchi***
Author’s Affiliation : *Honorary Professor, DLIS, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab 143005, India. **Research Fellow, DRTC, Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru Centre, Karnataka 560059, India and Doctoral Student, DLIS, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073, India ***Research Fellow, DISI, University of Trento, Trento, Italy.

Corresponding Author : MP Satija, Honorary Professor, Dept. of Library & Information Science, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab 143005, India,

Progress in education and research, which go hand in hand, are the two key variables to determine the societal impact and ensure the future sustainability of an academic discipline. Since the inception of Library and Information Science (LIS) as an accredited academic discipline, the Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC), Bangalore, has been a major, if not sole, progenitor of almost all pedagogical and research advances in the Indian LIS milieu. The present work, a first-of-its-kind historiography, presents a detailed multifaceted description of the historical origin of the DRTC. It also describes the vision, foundation and advances in LIS incubated at DRTC, the de-facto premier information school of the Indian subcontinent. The novelty of the paper, apart from being the first ever historical analysis of DRTC, lies in its exposition of several non-trivial trivia behind the foundation of DRTC which can inspire futuristic educational institution building in the Indian setting. How to cite this article: Satija MP, Tiwari A, Bagchi M. (2022). Documentation Research and Training Center (DRTC): A Historical Perspective. Library Progress International, 42(1), 220-230. Keywords Deshmukh, C.D, Documentation Research and Training Centre, DRTC, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI,) LIS Education and Research, Mahalanobis, P.C., Ranganathan, S.R.