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The paper describes the growth and development of open access repositories (OARs) in India. The paper proposes a Unicode-compliant information retrieval and representation (IRR) system viz. BURA (Burdwan University Research Archive) for Indian Universities. It has been developed using a number of open standards and open source software (OSS). This Unicode-compliant interface allows administrators to perform various system level operations as well as end users can browse and search resources in Bengali language. Also, describes the necessity of integrating Indic-script based SKOS-enabled subject access system (here DDC – Dewey Decimal Classification) into the proposed model in order to fulfil the subject search of the users. Finally, offers a single window search interface for harvesting metadata from multiple interoperable OARs.