The main objectives of setting up Shodhganga was to:
- develop a national repository of theses and dissertations with an intuitive interface which enables submission of electronic version of theses and dissertations by Universities in India and facilitates search, browse and downloading of theses available in the repository
- avoid unnecessary duplication and repetition that, in effect, is wastage of huge resources, both human and financial
- provide access to Indian theses and dissertations in open access to world-wide academic community and register presence of Indian research on a global level
- extend access to plagiarism detection software to eligible universities
- fund eligible Universities (that are under purview of the UGC) for digitization of back lists of theses submitted to their universities
Shodhganga allows universities to deposit their theses to the respective departments/centres. It also allows online and offline submission of theses by students on voluntary basis. Shodhganga interface currently supports basic search, advanced search and subject-wise browsing. So far 1,35,942 theses have been submitted via Shodhganga and according to INFLIBNET Centre, Gandhinagar no university has so far shown any reluctance to join the scheme.
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