Two mil­lions books can be ac­cess with launch of e-li­brary

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Dorji

The Min­is­ter for ed­u­ca­tion Ly­onpo Norbu Wangchuk and In­dian Am­bas­sador to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar in­au­gu­rated the Bhutan-In­dia e-li­brary at Motithang Higher Sec­ondary School, Thim­phu on 5th of Sept.

Five col­leges un­der the Royal Univer­sity of Bhutan, two med­i­cal col­leges, Royal Thim­phu Col­lege, Royal In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment and 21 schools across the coun­try can now ac­cess 118 text books, read­ing re­sources, and other cur­ricu­lum ma­te­ri­als on an elec­tronic li­brary.

Stu­dents and teach­ers can ac­cess two mil­lion books, pe­ri­od­i­cals and other learn­ing re­sources through this fa­cil­ity. The users can ac­cess the re­sources from mo­bile phones. The project has been in­stalled and com­mis­sioned at 30 sites in Chukha, Da­gana, Haa, Paro, Pu­nakha, Samtse, Sarpang, Thim­phu, Tsir­ang and Wang­due. The first phase will see the E-Li­brary es­tab­lished in 49 schools and 12 col­leges.

De­liv­ery and in­stal­la­tion is on-go­ing at 31 sites in the re­main­ing 10 dzongkhags. The ma­te­ri­als for the project, in­clud­ing equip­ment for the schools and data cen­tre, have ar­rived and are be­ing in­stalled. The pro­posal to es­tab­lish an e-li­brary in all dzongkhags un­der Govern­ment of In­dia sup­port was an­nounced by the In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi dur­ing his state visit to Bhutan in June, 2014.

The Cen­tre for De­vel­op­ment of Ad­vanced Com­put­ing (CDAC) is the nodal im­ple­ment­ing agency. The Govern­ment of In­dia is fund­ing the project out­side the 11th Five Year Plan al­lo­ca­tion of Nu 45 bil­lion. The main com­po­nents of the project in­clude pro­vi­sion of ba­sic IT in­fra­struc­ture to 49 schools and 12 col­leges. The project will also set up a data cen­tre at Thim­phu Tech­park, and es­tab­lish a dig­i­tal stu­dio for cre­at­ing dig­i­tal con­tent. The dig­i­tal li­brary will con­tain study ma­te­ri­als, news­pa­pers, and jour­nals among oth­ers in the form of text, video and au­dio im­ages.

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