The club each year celebrates National Library day in remembrance of Dr S R Ranganathan with innovative competitions for staff and students..This has created a sense of excitement and curiosity in students resulting in increase o the number of students using library.
As a part of National Library day celebrations, competitions like Treasure Hunt and whisper challenge were held for students. Treasure hunt was held in the library where all the riddles were based on different genres sections of library
We had organised a competition for teaching staff which was ‘Walk the Ramp’. This was a competition in a team of 4-6 teachers where they had to represent their department/ subject which they teach. Later all the members of the club were given appreciation certificates for their efforts and contributions made for the club and library. Winners of various competitions organised throughout the year were also awarded the same day.
On account of National library day, whisper challenge was again conducted on high demand along with Doodle the caboodle for students. For the teaching staff dub smash and salad bowl competition was organised were almost all the departments participated. All the competitions for students and teachers had amazing spirit of participation and enthusiasm. Later the same day prizes for all the winners of competitions were given.
The second mega event was organised in the inter collegiate fest ‘Yuvaflare’ called ‘Talaash’ (Treasure Hunt) in August by Shastr club 18 teams from other colleges are participated and win the trophy.
Outside College Participants
This year library day celebrations took place on a grand scale. It was a one week celebration. Competitions for students and teaching staff were organised. For students 3 competitions were organised- Qureka (quiz), Cover up (cover page designing for shastr magazine) and Fiction walk (representation of fiction character). had to dress up and act like the selected character and the judges asked them questions based on the character.
For the Teaching staff, Brain Thugs- The quiz was held. Brain thugs had 3 fun and interesting rounds. The first round was Bollywood dialogue enactment, the second round was whisper challenge and the third round was audio visual round. The staff and students had an amazing time throughout the competition.
On the final day of National Library Day celebrations, final round of Fiction walk was held and prizes to all the winners of the competitions were given.
The club organised a guest lecture for B.A students on Civil Service Exams Groundnut
Guest Lecture by Mr.Pradeep Ramappa
The club organised a guest lecture for Botany students on Germ Plasma and Genetic Diversity of Groundnut.
Guest Lecture by Mr. Shyam Tallury from USA
In January, a social Outreach program at Chinmaya School was conducted with the aim to interact with the students and speak about the importance of library and books. The club held competitions like quiz, picture puzzle and spell bee for the students. The management of school was highly impressed with the club and its unique way of interaction and have invited us again in the next academic year for conducting outreach program for its students.
Students solving the puzzle
Department of library has taken the opportunity to help mother nest old age home with medical bills of around 20-25 members. The club core committee and cordinators have also taken the initiative to provide the news paper subscription. The amount worth 5000/- out of club fund has been made to fulfill few needs and also to spread the awareness of importance of books in their life.
A National Seminar in November was conducted on the topic ‘Library resources for teaching and research – opportunities and challenges’. The seminar was inaugurated by Prof. Tirupatirao, former vice chancellor of Osmania University and the prinicipal Dr. Sr. Sandra Horta who declared the seminar open. The first forenoon session was on the value of Libraries for Research taken by Dr. G. Saroja who is the head of the dept. of Library and information sciences at Dr. B R Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad. The next speaker of the day was Dr. Divakar, retired principal scientist and group head of library sciences at CCMB and presently a consultant with the Centre for DNA fingerprinting and diagnostics. He focused on the ICT initiatives that could better aid in making the Library cater to the teaching needs of teacher thereby promoting better learning in students. The afternoon sessions began with Dr. S. P Balasubramaniam from the Indian School of Business who presented some of the initiatives taken at Indian school of business for upgrading the library to maximise its potential. The other panel members Dr. Divakar, Dr. Saroja, Dr. Uma Joseph, Head dept. Of history (St. Francis College For Women,), Dr. Shailaja head dept. Of Microbiology (St. Francis College For Women), all of them led an engaging discussion. The last session before the valedictory was on Library and Academic Excellence taken by Prof. S. Balasubramaniam, Director of GRG Centre for Advanced Studies, Coimbatore. The seminar was attended by students and professors from all over Telangana and from neighboring states Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Resource Persons of the seminar with our college dignitaries
Staff and Students are specially recognised for regular usage of library.
With the tremendous support of the students and faculty the club has grown with a rapid speed in just a span of 3 years. Students now have more awareness about library and the club. They are using library more often as they have a clear cut vision of how things go about in library. Students have understood about the advantages of using this huge library to a certain extend as now there is a means of direct communication because of the involvement of students in shastr club. Our aim is to grow the club and involve as many students as we can so that library is being used in the best way.