GUWAHATI: In the era of digital classrooms, youths in Arunachal Pradesh have decided to take ‘reading’ and ‘studying’ books to its original form- when one can sit and read a ‘real’ book.
Recently, a section of youngsters from the scenic town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh had come up with an idea to re-instill the reading culture amongst the community. But instead of just spreading the word, these youths have turned themselves into masons, carpenters and labours to shape an old, dilapidated government building into a new community library.
The construction was executed in 40 days in which students of some 15 universities, colleges and schools had lent their service.
One of the students working on the project said, “It’s a humble effort to reignite the reading habits amongst the youngsters and others in society. A fund of around Rs 7 lakh was raised and been expensed for the construction.” The structure is half concrete and half wooden with its roofing done with CGI sheets.
He added that so far inspirational books, comics etc were collected for the library and many have promised to donate books also.
Inspired by the effort, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu not only shared the images of the construction but also praised them. He wrote: “Students from #Tawang worked together to build this beautiful #CommunityLibrary. The entire construction work of reinforcing, shuttering, carpentry, masonry, roofing etc were all done by students. Due to hardworking environment, average youths here possess such work skills,” he tweeted sharing some photos of the library.
It was decided that the library will be named after former Chief Minister, the late Dorjee Khandu.