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RYA's book bank project

Books collected by the Rajasthan Youth Association.

Books collected by the Rajasthan Youth Association.  

STUDENTS LINING up with parents. Application forms tightly held in hands. No, it is not the CET (Common Entrance Test) picture. They are some scenes you are bound to behold during this time of the year at the Rajasthan Youth Association (RYA). For the needy and meritorious students, the academic future need not look grim. The Book Bank Project of the RYA has been doing yeoman service to students of Bangalore for about three decades now.

Under the project, pre-university and degree students are given textbooks free of cost, which the students keep for a whole year and return only after their annual exams. Its' success in Bangalore has enthused the organisers to go to places such as Kanakapura, Kolar Gold Fields, Kadur and Chikmagalur. It was Mohanmull Chordia (who had received the Padma Sri) who conceived the idea and first distributed 101 sets of textbooks in 1975. Now, over 3,500 sets are provided. That means around 3,500 students are beneficiaries in Bangalore alone. Talented students are also awarded scholarships by the RYA.

Under the scholarship scheme, the Association remits to the college concerned the entire tuition fees and examination fees. Over 100 students benefit from this. "The aim is to ensure that no deserving student is deprived of education due to lack of finance," says Jagat Baid, president of the Association.

Since the syllabus has changed for the first year pre-univeristy and first year degree courses this academic year, the Association had to incur an expenditure of about Rs. 8 lakhs to procure new sets of books.

The RYA has been involved in other philanthrophic activities too. It has adopted a government school at Seshadripuram in Bangalore and provided amenities to the children, and assisted the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences.

Mr. Jagat says the 143-member team of the RYA contributes towards its multi-faceted projects.

Mr. Jagat Baid appeals to the students to donate their old but relevant books to the RYA so that needy students can capitalise on them. Interested students may contact 080-51139985 or 94481 35817.

RUKMA VASUDEV

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