Idea aimed at cultivating love for books and reading

Henceforth, Karnatak University, Dharwad (KUD), will reward its students and teachers not only for excellence in academics but also for optimal utilisation of the library.

Keeping in mind the downward trend among students and teachers in making use of the library facility, the varsity has come forward with the idea of rewarding them with cash prizes of Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 10,000, respectively.

KUD Vice-Chancellor H.B. Walikar said the scheme would be introduced at Karnatak College, Dharwad (KCD), a constituent college of the university, from the coming academic year.

Biometric system

To ensure correct implementation of the plan, the university would install biometric system at the college library. Besides that, the library staff would monitor students and teachers and ensure that none of them were wasting time. Also, a record of books used would be maintained. All measures would be taken to prevent any kind of misuse of the scheme. The college staff, too, has assured to extend its cooperation for the successful implementation of the scheme.

Being one of the oldest seats of learning, the KCD has one of the best libraries in the State named after eminent writer and scholar V.K. Gokak, Mr. Walikar said. It has a rich collection of rare and valuable books. Students, however, come looking for books only during the examination period while teachers confine themselves to reference books, he said.

The new scheme hopes to lure them to the library to help them cultivate love for books and reading, he added.