Grant of $4.78 million (around Rs. 32 crore) and it aims to get people involved with books. Thanks to the Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nasscom Foundation has conceptualised an Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM).
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had also provided support earlier for a pilot project for modernisation of 7 govt. public libraries in UP. “Based on the positive results of the pilot project, the state government will now participate in the scale up program. 16 govt public libraries of the state will be covered under the scale up programme including 7 libraries covered under the pilot phase,” says Shantwana Tiwari, officer on special duty, department of secondary education, Uttar Pradesh.
The movement will commence by reaching out to a million library users at 300 district-level libraries and providing community driven services such as computer training classes to build digital skills, access to online information about health and agriculture, a safe place for students to study and learn to build opportunities for people of all ages.
“These libraries have the potential to become information and knowledge centres because of their spread and reach. With this movement, Indian public libraries will take their rightful place across the country. IPLM is being implemented in 60 districts across 5 states of India,” says Shrikant Sinha, CEO, Nasscom Foundation.