Madras University’s initiative to collect books

Staff Reporter

To be added to Arignar Anna Centenary Library

“Two lakh students to collect from households from January 24 to 26”

Each student is expected to collect a minimum of 50 books

CHENNAI: Madras University on Sunday launched an initiative to collect 10 lakh books from households in the city for the Arignar Anna Centenary Library under construction here.

“Two lakh students will collect books from households from January 24 to 26. This will be an opportunity to gather rare books available in households and preserve them properly,” said G.Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor of Madras University.

“Even books in damaged condition will be accepted,” he said. A proper record of all the books collected would be maintained.

Five students who collect the most number of books would be given seats for the course of their choice in post-graduate programmes of the university.

This is expected to act as an incentive for the students. “People are requested to donate books to the students only after verification of their identity cards. This will prevent the misuse of the initiative by antisocial elements,” said Mr.Thiruvasagam.

The top five colleges that collect the largest number of books would receive a gold medal, he said.

Each student would collect a minimum of 50 books. A special counter on the premises of the University of Madras would remain open till Tuesday for collection of books from the public.

Mr.Thiruvasagam would visit the households which agree to contribute more than 500 books for the cause. He would also visit the Raj Bhavan and the houses of the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and other dignitaries to collect books from them.

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