Express News Service
RANCHI: For the first time, community libraries have been established in the 118 panchayats of the Jamtara district after giving a makeover to the old and dilapidated panchayat or school buildings that remained unused for several years.
Jamtara Deputy Commissioner Faiz Aq Ahmed Mumtaz, who had launched the initiative to promote libraries in rural areas, finally achieved his goal and succeeded in equipping the 118 panchayats with a library building with well-stocked books.
The idea came to mind while holding a ‘janta darbar’ in Chengadih Panchayat. A villager who pointed to the lack of educational facilities said that a library could be of great help to young people who do not have the means to travel to nearby cities to prepare for competitive exams. He was struck by the idea of why not make use of the government buildings that had been unused for several years and start working on them immediately.
“The first library of its kind was installed in Chengaidih panchayat on November 13 last year and then there was no going back,” the DC said.
In addition to making good books and space available to the village communities, these libraries have also proven to be a boon for girls living in one of the most backward districts of Jharkhand, where they have the opportunity to obtain study materials. at their doorstep and excel in their career, which was not possible before as they are not allowed to leave the village to study, he added.
Interestingly, at the request of the Deputy Commissioner, each of these libraries has been adopted by a teacher. To encourage more and more students to join government jobs, police officers are holding training classes for students on Sundays, while the Civil Administration teaches classes on Wednesdays.
Ahmed said that the renovated buildings (libraries) have received a general set of books, chairs, tables and other amenities through crowdfunding and Corporate Social Responsibility funds. “These libraries are then handed over to the local villagers for day-to-day management by forming a committee,” added the DC.
According to the DC, it serves the dual purpose of saving abandoned buildings and also making good books and space available to village communities, where children living in adjacent villages regularly come to study.
“The initiative has two purposes: the dilapidated buildings are put into use after the renovation and, secondly, it develops a feeling of community among the villagers,” said Ahmed.
In addition to providing rural youth with a study space, these libraries have also become a training center for poor and disadvantaged students where expert hands provide guidance to compete in different competitive exams.
“We are providing guidance for various competitive exams and holding regular classes for SSC, army, paramilitary forces, railways and other recruitment drives,” said library librarian Jiyajori Panchayat.
Moinuddin Ansari, who is preparing for the railway exams, said practice exams are also held every Sunday to assess students’ ability.
According to the information available on the library’s website –http: //jamtaradistrict.in/library, so far the best minds in their field have taught a total of 2,875 classes in these 118 libraries.
Through the website, you can get any information related to them. If someone is interested in donating books, chairs, tables or any other service to these libraries, they can approach the interested person with a single click on the website.
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"