Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation donates INR32 crore for public libraries in India

(7 March 2016) Nasscom Foundation on Monday said it has received a grant of $4.78 million (Rs 32.13 crore) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to strengthen public libraries in India with access to technology, training and advocacy.

Nasscom Foundation has launched Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM), a multi-stakeholder effort to revitalise and transform public libraries into inclusive knowledge and information centres.

IPLM will start by reaching out to a million library users at 300 district-level libraries and provide them with community driven services like computer training classes, access to online information about agriculture and health, a safe place for students to study and learning opportunities for people of all ages.

Dna has the story in full.