Students of Patna Science College would soon have access to foreign writers’ books, reference papers and journals of international standard as the college is starting e-library facility.
The existing library at the college is undergoing renovation for the purpose. College principal Arun Kumar Sinha said: “The renovation work of the existing library is on and an e-library would be ready soon.” Sixteen computers and printers would be installed at the library so that 16 students can simultaneously sit and download study material from digitised international books and magazines.
The students could not have asked for more. Deepankar Sahay, a biotech student said: “The facility of e-library will be of great advantage to us.”
He said biotechnology books by some famous foreign writers were available in the market but these were very expensive. “Once the e-library facility is in place, we can easily download the required material from the Internet. Also, students can download many foreign research journals and research papers, as these are available on the Internet,” Sahay said.
Echoing Deepankar’s views, Anurag Kumar, a student of mathematics, said: “Apart from downloading study material from international writers, the biggest advantage would get getting Internet facility in the college campus. We can now easily search for information regarding higher studies in different institutions and look for jobs too.”
Patna Science College would be the first college in Patna University to introduce e-library facility for its students. The college principal, who is also the Patna University vice-chancellor, said: “The e-library project is the state government’s. The state education department is installing the computers and net connection.”
There’s more good news for the Patna University college, which has been facing power cuts for over a month. It would soon get a power connection.
Sinha said the state government has set aside Rs 46 crore for power connections to various colleges of Patna University. Due to power disruption, these colleges have been depending on alternative arrangements (generators) for power supply. These are imposing a huge financial burden on the college exchequers. Sinha said the colleges would soon get power connections.
The power problem was inconveniencing students the most. Students were facing a hard time attending classes, the most disadvantaged were science students who need the power to do their practical work. It was no less taxing for hostel boarders.
They had to live in the dark after sunset because of the problem. They said that once power supply is restored, they could think of studying till late in the night, especially now that examination season is round the corner.