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Book assistance for tech cradle students

National Institute of Technology, Patna, authorities will provide each student with five books for six months to ensure that non-availability of texts does not come in their way of learning.

The students will have to return the books to the library of the institute after semester examinations. Each semester is of six-month duration.

“Our aim is to ensure that the students do not suffer because of non-availability of books,” Asok De, the newly appointed director of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna, told The Telegraph on Thursday.

According to sources, the NIT authorities decided to distribute books among the students to reduce the number of students getting “year back” and Not Fit for Technical Education (NFTE) certificates. This year, 66 NIT students got “year back” and 22 others NFTE certificates. Students getting “year back certificates” have to study one year more at the institute, while those getting NFTE marks would find it virtually difficult to take admission to any engineering college.

Non-availability of adequate books is a major concern for the NIT students. Many of them complain that every student tries to get books from the library during a semester examination. But most of the time, the books are not available in the library. This compels the students to buy books from the market or borrow from friends.

An NIT student, who agreed to talk to The Telegraph requesting anonymity, said: “It is difficult to get books from the library during examinations. We often find that the book we need is issued to somebody else and we have to wait for at least 14 days for our turn.”

Director De said that to avoid such situations, the institute has decided to create a bank of books. “We will purchase books from the market on the basis of the students’ requirements,” he added.

Vivekanand Singh, the in-charge of the library of the institute, said: “We have an adequate stock of books. But the problem arises when the students look for reference books.”