The book bank scheme being implemented by Rockcity Welfare Association saw an expansion of its services on Saturday with extension of the scheme to the students of engineering colleges.

The scheme introduced in 1998 has been catering to the book needs of under-graduate courses and this is the first time it has spread its roots to professional courses, courtesy allocation of Rs. Three lakh by P. Kumar, MP, from his MP Local Area Development Scheme.

A total of 100 students from five engineering colleges in and around Tiruchi got the books in the first batch today. This apart, the book bank has benefited 18,500 students till now.

Jayashree Muralidharan, District Collector, inaugurated the extended scheme and handed over the sets of books to the engineering college students. She advised the students to develop a positive attitude to emerge successful in their life. They should not be discouraged while facing any failures.

The Collector gave away cash prizes and certificates to the beneficiaries of book bank, who had secured highest marks in their academic performance. She also gave away ‘Sri Brijmohan Choudhari Memorial Rolling Trophy’ to Chidambaram Pillai College for Women. K. Sekar, principal, and Loganathan, secretary of the college, received the same.

Ashok Gandhi, project chairman, explained the objective of the scheme, which benefited students belonging to economically weaker sections. Inder Choushari, president of the association, Inderchand Lall, secretary, Saravanan, public prosecutor, offered felicitations.