Vice-president (VP) Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the centenary celebrations of Patna University  (PU) Central Library on August 4.“We received an approval in this regard from the VP’s office on Tuesday,” PU vice-chancellor (VC) Rash Bihari Prasad Singh told.

PU has planned to celebrate the centenary of the “seventh oldest academic library of undivided India” on a grand scale. The library is likely to have a 24X7 cybercafe for the benefit of scholars and faculty members. It will house approximately 30 computers, which will be linked with all the important libraries of the world.

Naidu will first visit the library and inspect the manuscript section and then address a public meeting either at the Wheeler Senate House or Gyan Bhawan.

PU library incharge Rabindra Kumar said, “We have manuscripts written on leather, ‘bhojpatra’, palm leaves and paper with gold and silver linings. Some rare manuscripts based on Maithili grammar , the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the history of Bihar and Magadh are also available here. Other prized possessions of the library are ‘Saroj Kalika’ and ‘Malti Madhawan’ of the 14th century, ‘Tolinama’ and ‘Rishala Sifat Jaruriya’ of the 15th century, ‘Jahangir Nama’ and ‘Vrihat Jatak’ of the 16th century.”

The Vice President is likely to release a special souvenir and the Patna University Journal on the occasion.

Established in September 1919, the PU library is located in a specially designed three-storey building, which was inaugurated on December 17, 1958 by the then University Grants Commission chairman C D Deshmukh. It has a vast collection of nearly three lakh books, research journals and theses in 33 major and minor disciplines. The process of digitization of more than three lakh books and journals stacked in the library has already begun and steps have also been initiated for restoration and preservation of rare manuscripts in the possession of the library.

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