Call it futuristic step or a decision taken in the wake of space crunch at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, the institute will no more accept hard copies of thesis from the students.
The decision was taken recently after director Dr YK Chawla visited Dr Tulsi Das library of the institute, where he was apprised of the acute shortage of space by the staff. Dr Chawla was also accompanied by some other senior functionaries of the institute.
As a way out, it was decided that instead of the hard copies, the students should be asked to submit soft copies of their thesis. The director also gave his approval to the decision. It was also decided that the issue should also be placed before the Staff Council of the institute.
Every year, the PGIMER's main library gets around 200 thesis from postgraduate students, who complete their MD, MS, DM, MCh and PhD degrees. The authorities also decided to either donate or discard old editions of books which were no more being used by the readers.