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Thursday, Mar 22, 2012
GMC's e-library a boon for students

New facility is part of the Community Development Programme

Guntur: A new initiative of the Guntur Municipal Corporation of launching e-library on the premises of State Regional Library is helping to bridge the digital divide.

The project is part of the Community Development Programme, to provide equal opportunities for people in realising their goals.
Useful for students
The e-learning library has already benefited students preparing for various competitive examinations. Students are able to browse for any information on the Internet and take printed copies of the information downloaded from the internet.

In the absence of such facilities at public libraries, students and unemployed youth are being forced to depend on private internet cafes, some of them are lodged in dingy rooms and unhygienic surroundings. The students would also have to pay higher charges at internet centres.

The GMC, which has already started the project on the premises of the State Regional Library, opposite A.C College, is now setting up another facility at the District Central Library in Arundelpet.

BSNL broadband
“This is useful for students and unemployed youths to download e-books, practise mock tests for entrance examinations, access to e-mail and apply for jobs etc,'' Municipal Commissioner K. Sudhakar said here on Wednesday.

The GMC has provided 10 desk top computer systems with battery back-up, head phones, printers, and the furniture- at a cost of Rs 22.46 lakh. BSNL has provided broadband.A candidate has to register himself at the library to avail himself of the facilities and the maximum time allotted for each registered person to use the computer is one hour.
Courtesy: The Hindu
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