Chief Minister Oommen Chandy opened a Rs. 45-lakh DSpace digital library, said to be the first of its kind in a college in Kerala, at Bharata Mata College, Thrikkakara, on Thursday.

The digital library, built in part with a Rs. 9 lakh contribution from Ernakulam MP and Union Minister K.V. Thomas's local development fund, will network with four other colleges in Kochi.

In his opening remarks, the Chief Minister noted that though Keralites were brilliant people, they applied their brilliance only outside of the State. As a result, in spite of possessing a wonderful climate, beautiful nature and so many other positive factors, Kerala remained a failure on many counts. The D-Space library, which is an institutional repository, enables sharing of digital content mainly related to academic research, seminars and papers through online communities dedicated to specific academic disciplines. College Principal Joy Joseph Puthussery, governing council chairman Bishop Thomas Chakiath, Benny Behanan, MLA, Thrikkakara municipal chairman P.I. Mohammedali and Ernakulam Collector Sheikh Pareeth were among those who spoke.

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