Freshman Government College in Davanagere without a librarian for over a year | Hubballi News

Davanagere: Despite the prohibitive costs of educating their child in private institutions, parents seem to choose to burn their pockets rather than admit their wards to public colleges. It is likely that the bureaucratic web in which even the most trivial tasks become entangled, and the impact this has on the functioning of institutions, is one of the main reasons why parents are dissuaded from sending their children in public colleges. A three decades old freshman college in Davanagere is a perfect example of the apathy of the authorities concerned, given that the post of librarian of the institution has been vacant for more than a year, prompting the authorities to close the library and information center for this period.
The college has nearly 5,000 students, pursuing BA, BCom, BBA programs among other undergraduate programs, as well as postgraduate courses. Most of the students come from rural pockets of the district, for whom the inexhaustible resources available at the library is crucial in deepening their knowledge, not to mention its importance in preparing for exams.
Many students cannot afford the many books they need to refer to, and they have appealed to the college authorities to appoint a librarian, who can, in turn, help them choose reference books. The college, which began in 1992, has many alumni who currently hold positions of power and influence.
A teacher at the college described the situation as “unfortunate”, pointing out that in addition to students, teachers were borrowing books from the library to keep up to date with the latest developments and advances in their respective fields.
Principal of the college, SR Anjanappa, said: “My predecessor had submitted a proposal to the Department of Higher Education, requesting the appointment of a librarian, but this did not materialize. I informed the co-director of college education of the situation and asked him to ensure that the vacancy was filled. I took over as director only a month and a half ago.

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