E Shodhpatra is a reservoir of International research papers. It is a digital repository of theses and dissertations submitted to Indian Universities through Edwin Incorporation. It is maintained Edwin Inc. which is an autonomous agency approved by UGC and AICTE located at New Delhi, India. As many as 150 private and government universities in India have signed MoUs with the Edwin Inc. centre to participate in the E Shodhpatra project. A further 7 centrally funded technical institutions have also signed MoUs with the Centre to participate in the E Shodhpatra project. The full text of all the documents submitted to E Shodhpatra is available to read and to download in open access to the academic community worldwide by simply registering yourself on the website. The repository has a collection of 1, 00, 000 thesis and 4000 + synopsis and more than 2, 50, 000 research papers.
It has been observed that E Shodhpatra is an important Indian initiative and will facilitate open access to Indian thesis and dissertations to the world academic community. Online availability of electronic thesis through centrally maintained digital repositories will not only ensure easy access and archiving of these but will also help in raising the quality and standard of research.