Rumours on shifting library at SPPU causes confusion

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Dept to start e-library 
The department of Hindi will be soon starting an e-library for students. Due to lack of space for books and documents in the current departmental library, the department is likely to send a draft proposal to Vice Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar regarding a grant of Rs 5 lakh in the coming financial year to the department to purchase five computers, legal access to renowned e-sbook by scholars from across the globe and other facilities to support the e-library.

However, SPPU Hindi dept HOD says departmental library cannot be shifted elsewhere.

Pune: A rumour is making the rounds among the students of Department of Hindi at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) that the Hindi department’s library would be shifted to a new location. This has caused confusion among the people concerned.

A letter submitted by the students’ organisation to Vice-Chancellor (VC) Nitin Karmalkar and Head of Hindi department Sadananda Bhosale states, “We disagree with the university’s move to merge the department library with the Jayakar Library or shift it to another location.”

When approached, Bhosale seemed to be unaware of any such move. He said no such decision to shift the library anywhere has been made.

“This is surprising for me. How can someone even claim to shift a departmental library to any other section? Neither I nor the VC has discussed any such issue. A library is an important section of the department, which contains many documents. Even if we receive a State order to shift it to some other place, it will be impossible to do so,” said Bhosale.

He said the library has books, documents, thesis, research, etc, of scholars, students and professors. It was established in 1960 and is one of the oldest libraries on campus.

“Moreover, during exams, we need to refer to books and papers. How will professors keep commuting from one place to other? Similarly, we cannot expect students to walk or travel a distance to reach out for books. Nevertheless, we are trying to make the library more accessible to students. We have added new books and magazines in the library,” said Bhosale.


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