Dig­i­talLi­brarySoon,toIn­cludeAu­dioBook­sRead­Out­byCelebs

HRD min­istry is pos­i­tive about the idea, which would also help gen­er­ate greater aware­ness about the dig­i­tal li­brary ini­tia­tive

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The Na­tional Dig­i­tal Li­brary that seeks to con­tain lakhs of digi­tised books par­tic­u­larly for stu­dents may bring out a se­ries of au­dio books to be read out by celebri­ties and well-recog­nised voices. The HRD min­istry is ex­am­in­ing the idea of host­ing spe­cial au­dio books on the Na­tional Dig­i­tal Li­brary por­tal fol­low­ing a pro­posal by Pra­soon Joshi, ad­ver­tis­ing vet­eran and lyri­cist who is cur­rently the CEO of McCann World Group In­dia, peo­ple aware of the devel­op­ment said. Joshi re­cently called on the HRD min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani for the same. Joshi is learnt to have pro­posed cre­at­ing a set of 50 au­dio books to start with which would be read out by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan as well as trained pro­fes­sion­als. Sources said the HRD min­istry is pos­i­tive about the idea, which would also help gen­er­ate greater aware­ness about the dig­i­tal li­brary ini­tia­tive.

The idea of a Na­tional Dig­i­tal Li­brary was first put out in the BJP man­i­festo ahead of Lok Sabha elec­tions in 2014, call­ing for cre­ation of a “Na­tional E-Li­brary to em­power school teach­ers and stu­dents”.

Irani has been tak­ing spe­cial in­ter­est in the project.

Joshi con­firmed he has had ini­tial talks with the HRD min­istry and it is an idea he has been work­ing on for a while, but he de­cline to share more de­tails. The HRD min­istry did not re­spond to ET queries as of press time Fri­day. The Na­tional

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on Lit­er­a­ture fol­lowed by Sciences and Math­e­mat­ics cat­e­gory with 91,336 of them on the por­tal fol­lowed by 70,512 books on nat­u­ral sciences and math­e­mat­ics and 68,813 in com­puter sci­ence. Books on tech­nol­ogy (61.250), so­cial sciences (47,559), his­tory and ge­og­ra­phy (33,048), lan­guage (24,144), phi­los­o­phy and psy­chol­ogy (19,534), re­li­gion (17,327) and fine arts (7,090) are also avail­able on the dig­i­tal li­brary. The Na­tional Dig­i­tal Li­brary also hosts jour­nals, video lec­tures, re­ports, mono­graphs, ar­ti­cles, the­sis, web courses, his­tor­i­cal records and even ques­tion papers for the use of stu­dents.

Those up­load­ing books on the por­tal in­clude the IITs, univer­sity li­braries, IIMs, school boards from across states, var­i­ous cen­tral gov­ern­ment run in­sti­tutes and even in­de­pen­dent acad­e­mies.

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