29-JAN-2016: Prof. Shabahat Husain, former Dean, Faculty of Social Science and presently Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science, has been elected unopposed as the President of Indian Library Association (ILA), which is a national body to take care of the interests of the Libraries and Librarians in India.
Prof Shabahat Husain is the first library professional from Aligarh Muslim University to have this honour.
Constituted in 1933, the ILA helps the central and state governments in taking policy decisions regarding the service conditions and pay scales of Librarians in the country. It is also entrusted with the accreditation of institutions imparting library and information science education and training as well as promotion and formulation of standards, norms, guidelines, etc. for management of library and information systems and services. It also represents India at international library forums.
The association with its head office in Delhi has more than 7000 membership. It consists of a President, General Secretary and six Vice Presidents each from North, South, East, West, Central and Union territories' zones, in addition to 20 members constituting its Executive Council. The term of the office bearers of ILA is for three years.