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New library to come up on Sahir, Batalvi

Seeking to spread the literary works of sons of the soil Sahir Ludhianvi and Shiv Kumar Batalvi, the Punjabi Sahitya Academy (PSA) is soon coming up with a library and cultural centre at Guru Nanak Bhawan, named after these great poets. Funds for the library and cultural centre have been provided by Manohar Singh Gill, former sports minister and Rajya Sabha member.

Talking to ‘The Times of India’, Manohar Singh Gill said: “Since I have studied in the Government College in Ludhiana, I have a special love for Sahir Ludhianvi whom I consider to be among the best poets. Also, I have great respect for the writings of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, the famous poet. During my visit to the city in November last year, PSA members met me and asked for funds to construct a library. After that, I allotted Rs25 lakh from my MP-LADS for the same, and the money is already on its way to them. I have asked them to commemorate Sahir and Shiv Kumar Batalvi.” He added that it was his endeavour to ensure youngsters knew about the great contribution of these literary giants to Punjabi literature.

A view of Connemara Public Library. (Below) Representatives of public libraries in India at a meet in Chennai. Express


The PSA, meanwhile, says it had already decided to commemorate the great poets. “Hopefully, we are getting a cheque of Rs25 lakh, which the MP has allocated for the library. We will get the library constructed on the first floor of the building, housing a books store, and name it after Sahir Ludhianvi. We will also make a cultural centre on the second floor, and name it after Shiv Kumar Batalvi,” said PSA president Sukhdev Singh. “We have more than 65,000 books, rare manuscripts, and Ph.D theses (from students of Punjab, J&K, and Pakistan) which will be housed in the library.” He added that the construction of both will start immediately after they get the money from the deputy commissioner.

The PSA has thanked Gill for giving funds for the construction of the two centres. “We are thankful to Gill Sahib for providing funds for the library and the cultural centre. This will help popularize the works of great writers and poets among youngsters and adults,” said PSA patron Ranjodh Singh.



Source- timesofindia

University of Hyderabad hiring: Opening for Library Attendants

The University of Hyderabad has invited applications from eligible candidates for filling up the various vacancies at several posts.



Junior Office Assistant: 3
Junior Professional Assistant: 1
Junior Laboratory Assistant: 1
Library Attendant: 1


How to apply: Eligible candidates can send in their duly filled application, along with the required documents to ‘The Assistant Registrar, Personnel Section-II, Ground Floor, Administration Building, University of Hyderabad, Central University P.O., Gachibowli, Hyderabad-500046, Telangana- State, India’ by post so as to reach before the closing date.

Important dates:

  • Last date for submission of application: April 8
  • Last date for submission of application for remote areas: April 15

Indian Library Association wants government to give impetus to public library system

The Indian Library Association would approach Centre seeking thrust on the public library systemunder ‘Digital India’ mission and to select libraries as partners in the digitisation of knowledge and heritage.

This was one of the recommendations made during the three-day international conference on sustaining excellence, transforming libraries through technology, innovation and value added services in the ‘Google era’, held in Rajkot, ILA president Prof Ashu Shokeen said.



The other resolutions adopted at the conference included those on ILA reviving its vision to initiate professional skill development programme with stakeholders in academic and public libraries, filling up of vacancies of librarians in schools, colleges and universities and recruiting more professional librarians to provide services to one and all.

Besides, another resolution was adopted to launch a national-level programme to inculcate and promote reading habits among people.

Shokeen highlighted ILA’s contributions and achievements for the library and information science profession in the country since its inception in 1933.

It was pointed out at the conference that