Students rue lack of books in college libraries

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Students are facing hard time, thanks to the mismanagement of libraries in the Valley's government colleges that either lack coursebooks or have just a few. 

Colleges including Mahendra Ratna Campus (MRC), Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus (RR) and Tri Chandra College (TC) do not have enough coursebooks, while books of some subjects are simply unavailable in the libraries. Books including Modern Algebra, Statistics, Mathematics Method, and Foundation of Mathematics are not available in the MRC library.

Likewise, RR lacks books of all subjects of MA (sociology) second year, while TC library lacks books on zoology, chemistry and microbiology prescribed for bachelor’s level.  

Library in-charge of TC Indra Bhandari said coursebooks of many subjects are unavailable in the library.  These colleges have around 20 books of each subject on average, which is too few in proportion to the number of students studying there.

TC library staffer Rama Shrestha said there are hardly 20 to 25 books of every subject in the library and the college purchases books once in five years. “Most often students have to return empty-handed due to lack of books,” she said.

The dearth of coursebooks has hit the students hard. Sunita Poudel, a BEd student at MRC, said she hardly finds the required book when she visits the library. “As a result we are left with no option but to depend on tuition or class notes, both of which are not possible for most students,” she said. Niranjan Parajuli, a BA student of psychology in TC, shares similar problems. He said the problem becomes worse ahead of exams, as some books are unavailable in bookshops as well.

When asked, Pradip Bahadur Neupane, assistant campus chief of TC, said efforts are under way to address this problem.

(Source: The Kathmandu Post)