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POST TIME: 1 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
JnU central library hamstrung by inadequate books, seats
Students demand modern library facilities
A correspondent, JnU

JnU central library hamstrung by inadequate books, seats

The central library of Jagannath University (JnU) is in a very sorry state, which is badly hampering its students' habit of reading.

More than 22,000 students are currently studying in the 38 departments of JnU, most of whom are from not from very well-to-do families. They cannot buy all the books they need to continue their studies. The university’s central library is the only way out for them.

However, this institution of higher education has only 250 seats in the central library. Most students of the Science faculty have perforce to depend on Nilkhet market or on the public library to obtain books from the recent research collection.

According to the source, there are currently more than 28,000 books in the library, about 3,000 reference books and 13 daily newspapers. There are some 2,500 journals and around 1,400 books on the Liberation War. Currently, 10 staffers comprise the library’s permanent manpower. Of these, nine are of the rank of officer. The number of Grades III and IV daily personnel is 21.

“We face a lot of problems to obtain a new book or a pamphlet. Most of the books are outside the syllabus,” said a girl student, her annoyance visible.  A staffer of the JnU library, who was unwilling to divulge his name, stated, “The latest editions of imperative textbooks, journals and magazines are not available in the library.  The problems at the library would be exacerbated if necessary steps are not taken immediately.”

Librarian Enamul Haque said, “We will try our heart and soul to improve the condition of the library. We also hope we will be able to present our beloved students a multimedia library within a very short time.”