PROFILE OF RANGANATHAN SOCIETY FOR SOCIAL WELFARE & LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT.
Ranganathan Society for Social Welfare and Library Development (RSSWLD) came into existence in 2009. It aims to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information at the grass root level by setting up libraries in the rural areas. The society’s primary goal is intellectual development of the underprivileged sections of society so that they can avail competitive employment opportunities and lead a dignified social existence.
LIBRARIES IN VILLAGES
RSSWLD is working towards establishing libraries in rural areas AND has already established libraries in nine villages.
LIBRARIES IN PRISONS
RSSLWD extended its mission of opening libraries to Jails in the year 2012 to bring positivity and creativity in the monotonous lives of jail inmates. It has already established libraries in five prisons namely Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar Meerut and Aligarh. Three more prisons namely Etawah, Mathura and Firozabd are in the pipeline.
Other than jails, RSSWLD is also actively involved in charity services to the society, especially for the underprivileged sector. Like every year, this year RSSWLD has added one new chapter “Thousand Blankets ….Thousand Lives” in its Mankind Book. This year team RSSWLD has extended its very unique series of “Vastra Daan and Blanket Donation” in various locations like Chattarpur (MP), Goonj NGO, prisons of Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar.
RSSWLD has also started knowledge sharing services. Every year inter-disciplinary Research Workshops are organized regularly for the scholars, especially library professionals from across the country.
RSSWLD is also supporting Swachh Bharat Abhiyan since inception of this initiative. It also works for protection of Enviornment by celebrating Van Mahotsav and help plant saplings every year. RSSWLD has started waste management system in the BIMTECH premises, where BIMTECH itself generates organic manure for its gardens. To create awareness and awakening against social evils like dowry system/acid attacks on girls, illiteracy amongst girls in rural areas., RSSWLD keeps on holding rallies or playing Nukkad Nataks.
AUTOMATION AND DIGITILISATION OF LIBRARIES:
Since its inception, RSSWLD has been upgrading a number of libraries and promoting open source softwares. This year RSSWLD has also received requests from various institutes for upgrading and automating their libraries
EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN THROUGH PROJECT PROTSAHAN CHIRAIYA
This year, RSSW&LD has added one more wing to its mission of dissemination of knowledge and information at the grass root level in rural areas i.e. women empowerment by launching a project Protsahan Chiraiya in Village Neemka, Block Zevar, District Gautam Budh Nagar. This village is adopted by local Member of Parliament Dr. Mahesh Sharma under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna. The project is spread over 5 stages called Chiraiya Kaushal, Chahek, Agradoot, Samwaad and Udaan. The first phase starts with selection of 30 adolescent girls from lower strata of society (called Chiraiyas) who are administered 17 weeks capsule of Life Skill education followed by 2nd stage called Chahek, in which they are imparted Basic English Education (BEE). In third stage they become the torch-bearers of the Project (Called Agradoots) and spread the message of the project to other similarly placed girls and other residents of the village. In fourth stage, they are provided opportunity for having direct inter action with some dignitaries for learning and clearing their doubts while in fifth stage support for higher education is to be arranged for them.
We are proud to say that the first batch of 30 girls is about to complete third stage of the project, while two more batches of 30 girls each are following their footsteps. After successful completion of all the five phases of this project, RSSW&LD has plans to replicate the project to other nearby villages.