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