In its effort to make learning process more inclusive, District Administration and Ajmer Municipal Corporation under the leadership of Collector and District Magistrate of Ajmer, Gaurav Goyal, has undertaken two major innovative initiatives – a novel book bank to bank upon for building a promising future of thousands of children and a mobile library to inculcate a culture of reading in the historical city, observes Elets News Network (ENN).
On 14th August 2016, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, inaugurated a book bank and mobile library started under the stewardship of the Mayor, Dharmendra Gehlot and Collector and District Magistrate of Ajmer, Gaurav Goyal in Ajmer.
The Book Bank
The noble cause driving this initiative is collection of academic and nonacademic books from students or people in general who do not need them, and then their distribution among the needy students or people. Under this initiative, camps are being organised in private schools of the city and many famous donors of the city are being contacted to donate their books. The collected books are kept in the book bank to be delivered to the needy, especially students of government schools, as there is limited availability of books in government-run schools. Besides, there are many schools which do not have proper libraries.
More than 3,000 different books have been collected so far and delivered to students school-wise. Even some students participated in this novel cause and donated books which were later distributed in government primary schools.
Amazing Ajmer Mobile Application to Increase Citizen Engagement:
The Municipal Corporation of Ajmer has also launched a mobile application which is aimed at increasing citizen partnership in the development of the city. This application was launched in the presence of Collector and District Magistrate Gaurav Goyal and Municipal Commissioner Himanshu Gupta. According to Gupta, the mobile application will prove to be a crucial platform to collect views and feedback of people which will further help the administration to streamline things.
Ajmer Municipal Corporation is also running a mobile library along with the book bank. Through the mobile library, every fortnight the books are being sent to different areas to distribute books to the needy students.
To keep the mobile library affordable for all, the annual fee is kept as low as Rs 20, allowing students to get the books issued for two weeks. Proper arrangements for students have also been put in place so that they can read the books in a comfortable ambience.
Kindle, a mobile device to read books online, is already made available at the library for facilitating e-reading. Computer operators at the library also arrange soft copies for the students if need be. Besides, a list of available books is maintained and updated for easy identification.
Many educational institutions are highly appreciative of the mobile library and some of them are also organising seminars on their impact on the book reading culture in educational institutes.