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Digital sets to boost agricultural research in Bangladesh

Aug 12, 2015

The TEEAL digital sets containing more than 5 lakh articles will prove to be a boon in areas with limited access to internet.

New Delhi: For improving access to agricultural research in the third poorest country of South Asia, TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library) electronic sets are being placed in universities and research institutions across Bangladesh.

Established in 1999, TEEAL is a programme of Cornell University Library’s Albert R Mann Library, in partnership with leading publishers, to provide access to literature on agricultural research.

TEEAL contains almost 500,000 articles from more than 350 highly ranked research journals in agriculture and related biological sciences. The institutes where these electronic sets are being installed are also being trained in the use of electronic research.

Universities, colleges, research institutes, government ministries and policymakers in 110 low-income countries with limited or no internet connectivity can access the research literature through TEEAL sets and help improve the agricultural sector of eligible countries.

The TEEAL sets that are made to cater to low income countries, especially in areas without access to internet, are being installed in Bangladesh with the support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in cooperation with Sathguru Management Consultants.

TEEAL’s searchable database offers direct access to full-text materials without internet connectivity and is easy to install and use. TEEAL is compatible with a standalone computer or multiple user workstations and is highly recommended for use on local area networks.

Currently, six institutes in Bangladesh have already received TEEAL including the Soil Resource and Development Institute (SRDI), Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) and over 200 researchers, academicians, librarians and students have been trained on the use of this database.

Professor Md Shadat Ullah, Vice Chancellor of Sher E Bangla Agricultural University (SAU), said that TEEAL would prove immensely valuable for the entire SAU community. “In this new age of advancement of ICT, we all need to focus and use the opportunity provided by TEEAL to enrich our knowledge and further our research.”

Joy Paulson, Director, TEEAL Project, said that greater access to agricultural research literature would lead to agricultural innovations. “The project will enhance research and increase opportunities for scholars from Bangladesh to enable them for participating along with the global agricultural research community”.

Speaking about TEEAL, K Vijayraghavan, Chairman of Sathguru Management Consultants, which is the regional coordinator for TEEAL, said that the agricultural research community of Bangladesh would immensely benefit with the access of TEEAL.

“TEEAL would help increase innovation in the sector. The student and research community can now easily access world class research material even when they are constrained with internet connectivity,” he said.

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