Such libraries would be equipped with computers for online education of students and all books related to competitive exams.
Team Haryana First
The Sonipat district of Haryana neighbouring national capital-Delhi, shot to limelight after Pardeep Singh Malik, son of a farmer in this district secured 1st All India Rank in the prestigious Union Public Service Commission 2019 exam.
A Year before-2018–Anu Kumari of the same district had secured 2nd All India Rank in the UPSC exam.
Both of the toppers belonged to rural areas of the state but topped the exam despite having limited resources around them.
Other-Sonipat district is known for its wrestling bouts and power sport but the district has got some of the best schools to boast of including Motilal Nehru Sports School Rai, Hindu School, Shambu Dayal, Rishikul Vidhyapeeth, GVM College, Gaur Brahmin Sansthan (Bali Brahmin), Janta Bhawan, Bhutana, RPS, Little Angel.
The list is endless and those who study in these schools come from rural setup and are sons and daughters of farmers, labourers or small shopkeepers who earn their livelihood by the dint of their hard work.
Recently, Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala has announced to set up modern libraries and computers in rural areas.
All village panchayats have been asked to provide a room or two in their respective villages for the construction of a library by the state government.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that such a project had been needed for a long time for better education standards in rural areas and that he had been pushing for it since he became an Member of Parliament, Hisar.
“In the education sector, we need to make full use of technology and the government is doing continuous work in this direction. The state government is taking steps in constructing Sanskriti model schools in each block on the pattern of central government model schools and to make primary schools bag free,” Chautala added.
Libraries in Rural Areas
One such library which the state government is dreaming to establish in the state village, is already functional at Juan village of Sonipat district.
Named as Atulya Library means ‘Incredible’ was established on 15th July, 2017 in the sweet memories of master Atul. Juan village is situated in Sonipat district, merely 16 Kilometers away from Sonipat towards Sonipat-Khanpur Road.
According to the founder of the library, master Atul was a Special child & a true child of God and was born with 100% blindness from birth. He was the son of Sunil Kumar & Sudha Bala, Lecturer in English.
Atul was only 12 years when he passed away and with the assistance of his matured LIC & other policies, family & relatives support the dream of Libray’s could be fulfilled at the village for students belonging to modest family background.
Currently, the library is being managed by a team of 25 youth and one of them holds the diploma of Library. Retired Sanskrit Lecturer Ved Pal Shastri hailing from the same village supervised the library for the students.
At present the Library has over 2000 books –donated by people and now more and more people are coming forward to donate new and old books for the library.
The library is equipped with a Computer Center with seven PCs and printers. The craze of attending libraries and studying under a conducive atmosphere is fast picking up among children from village and neighbouring areas. The learning of E-education & books issuance in the library is free for all.
Residents of Juan claimed that many students have been reaping the benefits of the library established inside the village and some of them have successfully got jobs after cracking the exam on graduation level.
The Library had been lauded by Chief Minister Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar who praised the initiative through his social media message.
The Ashoka University had also started a concept of mobile libraries for villages so that students can avail its benefits and save their precious time in travelling to urban areas for attending libraries.
Concerned about the rural population’s lack of access to reading and learning, Dr. Rangashri Kishore, Director of Library services at Ashoka University said “The idea was to reach out to the children whose parents work in the agricultural fields”.
“In such a scenario, we felt that a mobile library fitted with e-reader technology as well as physical books can ensure that they receive the complete library experience in order to educate them in a rapidly changing world.” Digitalisation is a unique model that helped them reach a large number of kids as they were facing limitations of taking more books in the car, getting more student volunteers to participate and taking volunteers along was also a challenge.
Unique Inititive –Jind
In Jind village, residents of 38 villages joined hands to establish libraries in each of their villages for students. The libraries are named Bharat Mata Pustakalay. The library has over 7000 books, subject books from primary to graduation level. It has books for competitive exams namely HTET, SSC, NET for the job aspirants.