National Mission on Libraries Launched by President Shri Pranab Mukherjee

National Mission on Libraries Launched by President Shri Pranab Mukherjee

By Mainak Biswas February 05, 2014 - 781 views

Incredible moment of pride for us! President of India
Shri Pranab Mukherjee launched website for National Mission on Libraries developed and designed by Indus Net Technologies:

“President Shri Pranab Mukherjee here today launched the National Mission on Libraries (NML), an initiative of the Ministry of Culture to modernise and digitally link public libraries across the country.

At a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Shri Mukherjee also formally inaugurated the NML’s guidelines, logo and website in the presence of Culture Minister Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch. Secretary Culture Shri Ravindra Singh and other dignitaries were also present at the function.

Speaking at the function Shri Pranab Mukherjee said, the creation of a National Virtual Library of India is one of the major component schemes of the National Mission on Libraries. This is truly a step in the right direction. With the aim of equitable and universal access to knowledge resources, the National Virtual Library of India would provide digital resources by digitizing the relevant reading material in different languages, which would be shared at all levels. He said, he is happy to know that the target users of NVLI will not only be students, researchers, doctors and professionals but also the educationally, socially, economically and physically disadvantaged groups. Thus, it would empower people with information in order to create a knowledge society and also ensure preservation of digital content for posterity.

Shri Mukherjee said, digital libraries open up the possibility of far more flexible and coherent multimedia collections that are both fully searchable and browsable in multiple dimensions. As each generation becomes more in tune with the Internet, their desire to retrieve information as quickly and easily as possible has increased. Finding information by simply searching the Internet is considered much easier and faster than reading an entire book. He said, he is confident that this initiative of National Mission on Libraries will largely facilitate the internet savvy people in making maximum use of library resources.

The President said, the endeavour of the National Mission on Libraries towards setting up of model libraries will set a benchmark for the development of Libraries. He said that these model libraries would be facilitated with subscription of E-Journals/E-Book services through Web VPN Services developed by National Informatics Centre. These would also be provided with reading resources to meet the local needs. It is appreciable that appropriate facilities would be created to meet the needs of Senior Citizens, Specially-abled persons and children. ”


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