Chandigarh : With the aim of bringing relief to the harassed parents of children studying in private schools of Chandigarh, the Chandigarh Parents Association (CPA) has created a book bank where parents can donate second-hand books in usable condition, which can be provided to other parents who need them.
Elaborating the book bank initiative, CPA president Nitin Goyal said, “Don’t sell but donate books. People often sell books in the scrap market. Instead, it is always better to donate books.
A book, which becomes useless for one child at the end of a session, can be of great help to the other. We have started receiving donated books for this book bank. Such books are available for free distribution among parents who need these.”
CPA member Jaspreet Singh said, “The focus of the CPA-managed book bank would be assisting parents like us and our children.
I personally feel that a centralised book bank is an inspired initiative. Enthusiastic discussions and organised planning are already under way and gaining momentum as we speak to put this encouraging idea into action.”
This comes in the wake of criminal proceedings being initiated in the court against DSE R S Brar for failing to perform his legal duty, and extending undue benefits to private schools by not regulating the textbooks prescribed in the schools.
Goyal further stated, “We have been requesting him to prescribe a uniform set of textbooks in all the schools of Chandigarh to break the monopoly and nexus of schools with private publishers.
Over 100 parents sent him individual e-mails, but the DSE chose to side with the school mafia and did not take any action.”
Meanwhile, a criminal case has been initiated under section 166 of IPC. The official record has been summoned by the court. The next date of hearing is April 15.
In charge of the book bank project Amandeep Kaur said, “Those who want to donate their used books and also those who want to request for available books, can contact us by dropping a message on our Facebook page @ facebook.com/ChandigarhParentsAssociation.”
“We want to make our city better through education by supporting the needful persons with required books.
Every parent can become a proud user of this book bank by helping children who need the same books,” said another CPA member Preena Saini.
Chandigarh Parents Association (CPA) has created a book bank
Second-hand books in usable condition can be provided to other students
People often sell books in the scrap market