Ludhiana: Despite price range of Rs7 lakh being allocated for leased line net connectivity via Panjab University for the PU Extension Library here, greater than 2, seven hundred individuals nonetheless can’t access the net. This difficulty became delivered to the awareness of PU vice-chancellor on his visit to the city, and he reverted on Wednesday night through talking to a legit.
About a hundred-a hundred and fifty everyday traffic to the library are going through troubles without net for the past numerous years. With the internet being the main supply of know-how now, readers can not prepare for assessments, as authorities too are not supplying any up to date cloth or books. It is really noted in an RTI, that predicted budget of Rs7 lakh has been allotted for net via BSNL, and Rs6 lakh for the 12 months 2016-17. However, readers are unable to access the internet for nearly five years now.
Dilawar Singh, president of Panjab University Extension Library Members Association, is a member of the library for the beyond five years.
He spends most of his time inside the library, coming in at 8 am and going back at 10 pm, as he’s preparing for the Civil Services examination. He stated: “Lakhs of the budget had been allotted for net get entry to, but we aren’t allowed to surf. They are neither imparting updated books to have a look at, nor any facility of internet or wi-fi to remedy mock tests. What are the government doing with the budget? We ourselves were given the AC repaired from our own pocket cash, and now we should do the same for the repair of chairs too. When the university is dishing out so much amount on the internet, then why don’t they deliver this facility to readers?”
Sahil Arora from Shivpuri uses the library for 12 hours. He has been a member for the past 3 years and has cleared his IAS Prelims. He said: “Sites like Banking Adda offer unfastened mock exams, and play a vital position in instruction for checks. For exam exercise, the internet could be very critical. We have smartphones to put together, but there is a sufficient number of things at the internet conveniently available to examine. We are paying our library charge, and nevertheless no longer getting get entry to. This isn’t always an excellent element.”
Sumit Sharma — who has regarded for PCS Mains — spends 8 hours within the library day by day while the checks are near. He said: “First, the personnel is not responsive to the problems faced by college students. Most of the time, the library does no longer have a web facility, and the staff too misguide the students. For this, they must have a facts center, so that human beings can understand whom to invite for help. They should also have commands approximately the dos and don’ts in the library, as they verbally inform us that contributors aren’t allowed to hold revealed or photostat material within the reading room, even though it’s miles allowed in some other PU library.
Manpreet Singh Naaz, member of Panjab University Extension Library — a member due to the fact that 2015 — is making ready for UPSC for the beyond years. He stated: “I dedicate almost six hours inside the library every day. I discover everything k. I experience that the library should supply the ability of net and wi-fi. As of now, where the use of our very own net.”
CP Chaudhary, assistant librarian, Panjab University Extension Library:
“There was no net facility because of safety reasons, but net for staff is available.”
Dr. Ravi Inder Singh, director, Panjab University Regional Centre, and further in-price of the library:
“Members are entitled to each book and the library internet. There is no wireless facility, however, the internet could be made available. Readers will use terminals to preserve a document of signing in and signing out, and what they’re surfing. It will take almost two days to complete the manner.”