400 crore for National Mission on Library

(28 December 2015) India’s Ministry of Culture has approved Rs. 400 crore [US$60 million] for the scheme “National Mission on Libraries – Upgradation of Libraries – Providing Services to the Public” for the 12th Plan period [2012-2017]. The 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. 11 State Central Libraries and 11 District Libraries have been identified so far.

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; and (vi) Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Tamil Nadu. The proposals of 12 states have been approved and fund released to Three states. The details of State Central Libraries and District Libraries in 12 States approved for upgradation of infrastructure and technology under NML are given below:-

Sr.   No.

State/UT

Name   of the Libraries

Approved   Project Estimate

(in   Rs. Lakhs)

1 Uttar Pradesh State Central   Library, Allahabad

206.00

Government   District Library, Etawah

87.00

2 Orissa HKM State   Library, Bhubaneshwar

223.00

District Library,   Ganjam

40.36

3 Goa Krishnadas   shama State Central Library

223.00

Dr. Francisco   Luis Gomes District Library

87.00

4 Karnataka State Central   Library, Bangalore

223.00

District   Central Library, Shivamogga

87.00

5 West Bengal State Central   Library, Kolkata

222.81

North Bengal   State Library, Coochbehar

86.98

6 Telangana State Central   Library, Afzalganj, Hyderabad

112.25

District   Library, Mehboob Nagar

52.00

7 Chattisgarh District   Library, Raigarh

87.00

District   Library, Danteywada

87.00

8 Tripura Birchandra   State Central Library, Agartala

223.00

Unakoti   District Library, Kailashahar

87.00

9 Arunachal   Pradesh State Central   Library, Itanagar

223.00

District   Library, Pasighat

87.00

10 Mizoram State Central   Library, Aizawal

100.00

District   Library, Kolasib

50.00

11 Rajasthan State Central   Library, Jaipur

100.83

12 Gujarat State Central   Library, Gandhinagar

106.01

Under the scheme of National Mission on Libraries, there is no scope of establishment of new libraries. Approved Project estimate for up-gradation of the above libraries is also given below:-

LIBRARIES UNDER THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE

Sr. No.                          Name of Libraries Approved Project Estimate

(in Rs. Lakhs)

1 Delhi Public Library, Delhi

234.38

2 Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library,   Patna

398.78

3 Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati   Mahal Library, Thanjavur

691.22

4 National Library, Kolkata

426.84

5 Central Secretariat Library, Delhi

452.38

The announcement is here.