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Book boon for colleges
- CII offers hope to libraries

Jamshedpur, Feb. 6: Colleges of Jharkhand have to create for more shelf space in their libraries for a golden chance is set to come their way.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with US-based The Asia Foundation has decided to donate books to all colleges of the state. After the success of the initiative in the Northeast, this is the first opportunity for colleges in Jharkhand.

“CII, under its social development activities, take up several social development activities in order to achieve growth. Education is one of our major priorities. I have approached all the colleges in the steel city to give me a list of the books they want,” said Razia Ahmed, the head of the Jamshedpur zonal office of CII.

The books on offer cover a wide range of subjects from the general category to books on humanities, fine arts, history, philosophy, religious studies, science and technology, anthropology, biological science, computer science, engineering, medical, business administration, communications and all the subjects being taught in colleges.

At the end of 2007, CII in association with the US company, has already donated more than 10,000 books to nine universities in the Northeast. It aims the same in Jharkhand, too.

“We are not aiming at schools well-equipped in terms of infrastructure. However, we have also distributed CDs and DVDs in government schools. This time we would like to focus on colleges in Jharkhand as they are considered one of the backward states,” said Ahmed.

The best part of the programme is that the universities and the colleges are free to indicate as many number of copies as they wish to acquire against each title of books. The institutions would have to fill up a questionnaire provided by CII which contains the categories of subjects and all the books available in their library on the subject.

This is a golden opportunity for some colleges where students have been constantly complaining of adequate library facilities and lack of books for many years now, admit college authorities. Infrastructure, including library and access to books, has been one of the main problems in colleges here.

“The initiative will indirectly sharpen vocational and research skills and would primarily help in contributing towards a better educated society,” she said.

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