Saturday, 12 June 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
National Association for Parents and Students Rights (NAPSR) book bank initiative in Dehradun is proving to be a big support to unprivileged students amidst the pandemic. This book bank provides books from kindergarten level to competitive exam level for students coming from underprivileged backgrounds for free. Students can keep the books and return them after use so that later they can be used by someone else in need.
Students who have completed their studies are encouraged to donate their used and new books for the needy ones. Those who are donating can go to the book bank or can call them to pick books from their place.
Last year during the national lockdown when everyone was confined in their homes NAPSR delivered books to homes according to the people’s demands. This book bank initiative was started in 2018 and now has more than 50,000 books. Thousands of students got benefits in their studies through the book bank. President of NAPSR, Arif khan said that demands for books have increased nowadays due to the financial crisis as many parents have lost their jobs amidst the pandemic. He said, “In this gloomy time, some parents have lost their jobs and then the cost of rent, fees of schools and expensive school books for their children seems a big burden to them so, we welcome them too to come and take books free of cost.”
He added, “The objective of the book bank is to support students so that no student is deprived of their right to education.”
The book bank already has eight branches in Dehradun at Nehru Colony, Premnagar, Vikasnagar, Chandrabani, Kargi, Vasant Vihar and Sahastradhara Road while two new ones will be opened soon for the public in ISBT and Prince Chowk. The book bank is open from 11 AM to 2 PM daily.