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Required Number of Books for a Library of a Pharmacy Institution

Dear Professional,
In the AICTE Approval Process Hand Book 2016-17, AICTE has given the guidelines about how many number of books should be procured by the approved institutions library.
Can you help me how to calculate the required number of books for a Pharmacy Institution Library which was started in the year 2006.
It’s very difficult to purchase 100/50 Titles & 500 Volumes each and every year, specially for pvt. institute where management expect low price books.
Please share your experience, idea.
Thanks & Regards.

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Dear Sri Vasudeo M. Rao.

I have read your mail and understand your concern.

The document you have referred clearly indicates that collection development process with stipulated titles & copies should be maintained steadily for first 25 years. As you can understand that the authority is fully aware of it and never-the-less, it was a precondition in the deed of understanding which they have ceremoniously signed.  Since your institute has started in 2006, it is 11 years old. & book induction @500 books/year leads to 5500 book collection. You have to see how many shortfall is there (if there is any) and buy them to complete the quota.

I personally think that since all these issues are well known since the very beginning  as a precondition to start an institute, there is no point to raise the issue of difficulty at this period. The books are for the students to read and gain knowledge  to compete in the employment market. If their knowledge level is not up to the standard, they will remain unemployed. What will be our perception if any of these students are our own children? Will we still raise the question of "difficulty"? Certainly, The private institutes can have financial limitations for a certain period of time. They should take steps to curb the expenditure. They can go for buying E-books. The Authorities of several such institutions can initiate for developing a consortium . They can even think for Co-Operative Acquisition with provision of Proxy Servers and so on.


Siddhartha S. Ray, Calcutta

Thanks a lot Siddhartha Sir.


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