Dear South Asia Chapter members,
The call for nominations 2022–2023 for the South Asia Chapter officers is now open. We are seeking candidates for the following positions:
- Membership Officer
- Newsletter Officer
- Social Media Manager
* The bylaws require the Chair and Chair-elect to be from different South Asian countries. The 2022-2023 Chair is from Pakistan.
You can nominate yourself by filling out this form: forms.gle/
Nominations must be received no later than 23.59 IST (Indian Standard Time) Sunday, September 11, 2022, and eligibility is restricted to members of the South Asia Chapter.
South Asia Chapter consists of dynamic members from Library Science, and Information Science disciplines, who represent academia, government, and nongovernmental organizations. South Asia Chapter officers meet monthly online for up to an hour. It is a good opportunity to network with professionals and academicians within the region as well as all over the world, who often meet at various forums.
Ruwan Gamage PhD. MLS. BSc. FSLLA
We are happy to announce that the South Asia Chapter of ASIS&T (Association for Information Science and Technology, USA) has won the Chapter Innovation of the Year Award for the year 2021.
The Chapter was granted the Special Chapter Project Fund $7,000 for the project “Dealing with COVID-19 and saving people’s lives in South Asia (SA) areas & beyond—A health informatics promotion project.” As part of the project goals, the Chapter has set up a YouTube channel to host multilingual videos for disseminating awareness on a variety of topics on COVID-19 in the South Asia region. Through these videos, the project team proposes to help in fighting misinformation and disinformation regarding COVID-19 information. Videos are available in four South Asian languages: Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, and Sinhala, in addition to English.
The project team is being led by Bhakti Gala, Past-Chair, ASIS&T South Asia (Central University of Gujarat, India) with a team of ASIS&T members including Sam Chu (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Md. Anwarul Islam (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Syeda Hina Batool (University of the Punjab, Pakistan), Helen Chan (The University of Hong Kong), Raj Kumar Bhardwaj (Central University of Punjab, India), Manika Lamba (University of Delhi, India) and Prasadi Kanchana Jayasekara (University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka).
We are glad to announce that the article on "Saving Lives: A Health Informatics Project on COVID-19 from the ASIST South Asia Chapter" is featured in the News section of Information Matters - a new digital forum for information science by ASIS&T that summarizes the project and its progress so far.
The South Asia Chapter in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong & Academy 22 Education for All Foundation announces the International Digital Story Writing Competition. The theme of the competition is “AI and Health” & “COVID-19: Imagine, Create & Share”. This competition is being organized as part of the ASIS&ST SA special project on “Dealing with COVID-19 and saving people’s lives in South Asia (SA) areas & beyond - A health informatics promotion project’. Please visit the YouTube channel and blog to know more about the project.
This Competition is for primary and secondary students from around the world. To equip students with knowledge and skills to participate competently in this fun and/or meaningful Competition, a range of interesting workshops will be offered free for the participants! There are multiple awards for global and regional (South Asia, Africa, Greater China) winners. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate, learn, have fun, and win in this international competition. To register for the competition and know more visit the SA website.
South Asia Chapter is pleased to announce the Call for the 2021-22 Officer Election. It is time to think about what comes next. ASIS&T SA Chapter calls for its office volunteers in the field to plan actions, and to work together next year for a sustainable future. There have been so many opportunities to discover, discuss, present, provoke and solve the challenges we face —strengthening our Chapter activities and presence in this region for what is to come. You can nominate others as well as yourself if you find suitable candidates along with listed ones.
Voting/nominations are open till October 5, 2021.
Please submit your response through the Google Form sent via iConnect.
The South Asia Chapter was awarded funds by ASIS&T to pursue Special Project in FY22. The Chapter will set up a YouTube channel to host multilingual videos for disseminating awareness on a variety of topics on Covid-19 in the South Asia region. They will collaborate with the Asia Pacific and European Chapter to bring their experience in dealing with similar viruses in the past. We expect that the content for these videos will help in fighting misinformation and disinformation regarding Covid-19 information by citing accurate and reliable sources of information. These videos will be promoted through various social media platforms and the results of the project will be shared through webinars and a poster presentation in ASIS&T AM 2022.
Total Award: $7,000