New libraries in North municipality schools

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is roping in corporate houses and NGOs to upgrade infrastructure in its schools. To begin with, the corporation has tied up with an NGO to provide libraries in 72 of its school. 

The NGO will provide 3,000 books, desks and a librarian in each school for the first three years. Thereafter, the civic body will maintain these libraries.

The ‘Gyan Dhara Abhiyan’ initiative aims to provide basic facilities such as library, sports infrastructure, special teachers, clean toilets and computers in municipality-run schools. A resolution in this regard was passed during a meeting of the education committee on Tuesday.

Chairman of the education committee in North Delhi Municipal Corporation Rekha Gupta said all types of infrastructure, including books in these libraries, will be arranged by NGO ‘Room to Read’ for free.

“We will provide space for opening libraries in our schools. The NGO will provide all basic requirements,” said Gupta.

More schools

Another 80 schools will be provided libraries that will have books on different subjects. According to officials, the initiative will not burden students or the corporation financially now. But after three years, the civic body will have to bring in its own staff to maintain the libraries. The NGO will not repossess the books though.

According to the north civic agency’s officials, they will approach more NGOs for providing sports, computer and primary medical facilities in their schools. 

The civic body plans to outsource sanitation in its schools to ensure clean and hygienic learning environment.

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