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Book lovers now have a reason to rejoice as the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), on Thursday, launched digital libraries comprising 68 lakh books. The initiative has been taken in order to digitise its education system and the same would cater to students from the primary level to the PhD level.

Digitising the education system

As per a DNA report, the libraries were launched by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and would be accessible on the NDMC website and mobile application for free. The initiative is part of the Smart Classroom initiative of the NDMC under which the civic agency aims to digitise the education system in the schools of their jurisdictions.

An NDMC spokesperson said, “With an aim to improve education to move ahead in the digital era, the NDMC has endeavored to provide digital libraries in its schools using the e-Granthalaya Integrated Library Management Software from National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.”

Material available for free of cost

“Students can have access to over 68 lakh books on subjects like literature, mythology, science, research papers and academics free of cost,” added the spokesperson.

He also said that the council now aims to digitise all its public libraries. While launching the service, Naidu said that the school library will not only promote building a knowledge driven community for the future but will also develop a road map for students. He said that books are our best friends because books can provide us company in our bliss and rainy days.