THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Knowledge empowers. On a mission to help the under privileged sections of society, the students of the Government Engineering College, Barton Hill, have opened a library at Chonampara, in the Kottoor tribal belt.
RJ Firoz handed over the keys of the ‘Aagneya Library’ to Kottoor panchayat president G Manikantan the other day. Led by college union chairman Niranjan U V and general secretary Anantha Padmanabhan, the students collected around 2,000 books for the library - mostly donations from the students with support from Chintha Publishers and the Lions’ Club.
“The idea is to ensure ‘Education for all,” said Venkatesh R, a third year electrical engineering student of the college.
For the fledgling library, its collection of books is quite impressive, covering fiction and non-fiction titles, periodicals and books that can come handy ffor the youngsters preparing for competitive examinations. Notable among the collection are books on English language and grammar which would help them improve their language skills.
“We’ve just launched the concept. We would like to expand it further,” said Venkatesh. To make sure the library is run professionally, the students hope to obtain a certification from the library council so that a librarian can be appointed. College union vice chairperson Amritha V Raj was present at the inaugural function.