Minister's pat for govt. institutions

PONDICHERRY, DEC. 22. The Pondicherry Engineering College, run by the Territorial Administration through a society, has become a role model for educational institutions in the country as a whole, said the Tourism and Education Minister of Pondicherry, Mr. K. Lakshminarayanan.

He was addressing librarians on the concluding day of a week-long training programme in `Role of Information Technology in Engineering College Libraries', sponsored jointly by the All- India Council of Technical Education and the Indian Society for Technical Education, in the college at Pillaichavady near here today.

The Minister said the Union Territory Administration had allocated the lion's share of the budget for education. The thrust earlier was on reaching out to the student community which he claimed had been achieved fully. Now the attention was towards academicians, professionals and librarians.

Although education was provided by private and government institutions in all States, the model set by the government institutions was exemplary.

Distributing certificates to the participants, Mr. Lakshminarayanan said the Pondicherry Engineering College (PEC) had a full fledged library with all infrastructural facilities.

The role of librarians had undergone a dynamic change in the present day context of knowledge-based society.

The Principal of the college, Prof. K. Ethirajulu, who presided said the library had qualified personnel with some of them holding postgraduate and doctorate degrees in library science.

The PEC had planned to lend books from its library to industrialists by levying a nominal charge. The library would be able to cover students and also contribute to industrial growth and promotion of the society.

The college was spending Rs. 10 lakhs every year for augmentation of books and periodicals in the library. The PEC had a separate campus for library and this was a unique feature in the country as a whole, he claimed.

Dr. K. Nithyanandyam, Librarian in the PEC and coordinator of the programme, who welcomed, said a proposal had been sent to the Pondicherry Administration to modernise the library by adding CD ROM, Data base, laser printing and computer engineering index facilities.

Goodknight India festival

Mr. Lakshminarayanan said here today that the Department of Art and Culture and the Pondicherry-based Godrej Sara Lee Limited will hold a week-long Goodknight India festival for the third year in succession from December 24.

The purpose was to focus the salient features of Pondicherry. Leading artistes in the field of music dance and drama from different parts of the country would present their programmes.

He said that the entire month of Margazhi (December and January) every year would be devoted to such festivals. From next year, the festival would be held in Karaikal also.

The Lt. Governor, Dr. Rajani Rai, would inaugurate the festival.

Mr. S. Gunasekaran, General Manager of the Godrej Sara Lee Limited here, said this time some new programmes such as Villupattu had been included in the programme. The Gandhi Thidal and Kamban Kalai Arangam would be the venues for the programmes.