National Mission on Libraries

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The Scheme “National Mission on Libraries – Upgradation of Libraries – providing services to the public” has been approved with a total outlay of Rs.400 Crores for the 12th Plan period.

current affairsThe components of the National Mission on Libraries (NML) are:

(i) Creation of National Virtual Library of India (NVLI)

(ii) Setting up of NML model libraries

(iii) Quantitative and Qualitative Survey of Libraries and

(iv) Capacity Building.

Under the Scheme, the Mission will upgrade infrastructure of selected libraries and upgrade technology in 35 State Central Libraries and 35 District Libraries (to be identified by State Governments) and 6 Libraries under the Ministry of Culture.

So far, 11 State Central Libraries and 11 District Libraries have been identified.

Six Libraries under the Ministry of Culture are : (i) Delhi Public Library, Delhi (ii) Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna (iii) National Library, Kolkata (iv) Central Secretariat Library(v) Rampur Raza Library, Uttar Pradesh (vi) Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Tamil Nadu.

The proposals of 12 states have been approved and fund released to three states.

Libraries covered under Project:

Uttar Pradesh – State Central Library, Allahabad, Government District Library, Etawah

Orissa – HKM State Library, Bhubaneshwar, District Library, Ganjam

Goa – Krishnadas shama State Central Library, Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes District Library

Karnataka – State Central Library, Bangalore, District Central Library, Shivamogga

West Bengal – State Central Library, Kolkata, North Bengal State Library, Coochbehar

Telangana – State Central Library, Afzalganj, Hyderabad, District Library, Mehboob Nagar

Chattisgarh – District Library, Raigarh, District Library, Danteywada

Tripura – Birchandra State Central Library, Agartala, Unakoti District Library, Kailashahar

Arunachal Pradesh – State Central Library, Itanagar, District Library, Pasighat

Mizoram – State Central Library, Aizawal, District Library, Kolasib

Rajasthan – State Central Library, Jaipur

Gujarat – State Central Library, Gandhinagar

Libraries under the Ministry of Culture

Delhi Public Library, Delhi

Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna

Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavur

National Library, Kolkata

Central Secretariat Library, Delhi

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