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Its official now: Library Legislations or Library Acts cannot make Public Library System independent and can't stop political influence.
I am shocked to know UGC, a body appointed by Govt. of India, “executive authority” in relation to a University has opinion that Library Legislations or Library Acts cannot make Public Library System independent and can't stop political influence in Library System.
Request your opinion please…
u r right sir
Dear Sri Iranna Shettar,
Thanks for your mail.
However, I could not find acceptable reasons of yours being Shocked with the UGC announcement ( I have not seen it but I'd love to know the source though!)
Rather, we should be thankful (if they indeed have made such a statement) because they have SPOKEN THE TRUTH at least! However, as I personally feel, the statement holds good not only to Public Libraries but also to other types of libraries as well.
In places, situations are so polluted that competent persons rarely opts for certain places. I myself witnessed selection of a University Librarian within FIFTY SEVEN SECONDS!! It was a couple of years ago and the situation is no better even in recent time. One of my close friend joined in an university Library and WITHIN THREE MONTHS s/he resigned and rejoined into her/his old place!!
A national research Institute has virtually closed down its Library on the plea of renovation. The library is being renovated since last 18 Months!!
A Public Library however has a committee presumably constituted from heterogeneous group of people but since money comes from government towards Salary of Staff and recruitment are made through government, political intervention is therefore quite natural.
But as you can see from my above narratives, situations in other Libraries are no better.
As such, I convey my sincere appreciation to UGC as at least they have shown the courage to confess the truth.
Siddhartha S. Ray, Calcutta