Northeast India’s first digital library with around 15,000 e-books and journals was opened here Friday. “The digital library project is the brainchild of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. This library will make available rare and copyright-free books online,” Tripura higher education department secretary Kishore Ambuly told IANS.
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) of the union ministry of communication and information technology helped in setting up the library, Ambuly added. The library will operate from the Birchandra State Central Library, the oldest library in the region which was set up in 1896 in the Tripura capital Agartala. Also Read - Poco M3 Pro 5G first impressions: All about flamboyance
“Birchandra library has a huge collection of books, journals, manuscripts and annual reports on all subjects,” head librarian Subi Kumar Debbarma said. The books and journals would be digitized so that they are accessible online via a searchable online database, he added. Besides English, rare books in Bengali and tribal language Kokborok will also be available in the digital library. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 vs Redmi Note 10S: Which offers better value at Rs 15,000?
Ambuly said the initiative was aimed at creating a portal of heritage books and manuscripts of India. Kolkata based C-DAC has been involved in the book digitization process at Birchandra State Central Library since June 2011.