Friday, July 24, 2009

Public libraries set for complete makeover

Public libraries set for complete makeover

E T B Sivapriyan, PTI News

New Delhi, Jul 23, 2009: If the government has its way, public libraries across the country will undergo a complete makeover with modern equipment, broad-band connectivity besides being networked with educational institutions.

The Culture Ministry has planned to launch National Mission on Libraries (NML), as recommended by the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), to revitalise the public library movement in the country, sources said here today.

The ministry has sent a set of recommendations in this regard to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who holds charge of this ministry, sources said.

There are also plans to set up about 7,000 new libraries, equipped with computers and other modern devices, across the country with prime focus on rural areas.

"Public libraries across the country will benefit from the Mission which will bring in modern technical equipments to the libraries.

Source: PTI News