Dr Drabu launches JK’s first ever Public Libraries e-learning initiative

KL News Network

Srinagar

Minister for Finance, Culture, Labour & Employment, Dr Haseeb Drabu on Tuesday launched the first Public Libraries e-learning initiative to provide quality coaching and comprehensive solutions to the students aspiring to appear in NEET, JEE and CET.

The program was launched at SPS Library in Srinagar.

Terming the initiative a game-changer, the Finance Minister said 148 public libraries spread in every nook and corner of the state will be turned into centres of learning and excellence for the students. “The program is part of the initiative to revive the lost library culture in the state,” he said and urged the students to visit the libraries and make use of the dependable study material.

He said the biggest advantage of the program is that it doesn’t need continuous electricity or internet connection or even a teacher. He said a student anywhere in the state has to visit his nearest library, fill a form and avail the facility of tabs, computers and the expert-designed study material. He said the students will be continuously assessed online and they will be able to track their progress constantly.

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The Minister said the program will be particularly beneficial to the students from far flung areas where quality coaching facilities are not available. He said if rush of the students increases, the Department can get more tablets for the libraries. “A student can study a topic repeatedly without need of worrying about a missed lecture,” he said and lamented the fact that the state has lost the culture of meeting at public places and the latest initiative can be a step towards reviving the stagnant library culture.

The Minister said the aim is to take the local students at par with students at New Delhi or other metropolitan cities. He said the students should not only contribute to their career but to the society as well.

On the occasion a Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between Libraries Department and IPLM to upgrade the public libraries in the state with high-tech infrastructure. The libraries will also be equipped to provide career counselling facilities besides aiding in studies.

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