Ms Madhu Bhargava, President, School Library Association was invited by Dr K. S. Raghavan, Member-Secretary, Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science (SRELS) to participate in a brainstorming session on new National Education Policy on 31 August 2020.
The SRELS has proposed to submit a memorandum to the Ministry of Education, Government of India on behalf of the Endowment. Associations and eminent personalities in LIS domain were invited to participate in this meeting. Prof. K. Jayakumar, IAS, former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and former Vice Chancellor, Malayalam University, Kerala chaired the session and conducted its deliberations.
On behalf of SLA, Ms Madhu Bhargava presented a set of specific and actionable recommendations, particularly in respect of school libraries and librarians, which were discussed in detail during the session.
Here is an excerpt from the email received after the session by Ms Madhu Bhargava from Dr K. S. Raghavan.
”You will agree with me that it is important that as a profession we are united in this effort. We plan to seek support from as wide a section of LIS professionals and lovers of books and libraries in our efforts to get the authorities to recognize the place of libraries and the important role of LIS professionals in realizing the goals and objectives of the NEP 2020. I am sure as president of the School Library Association of India, you will be a major partner and support our endeavours in carrying this movement forward.”
The President, SLA extended Dr K. S. Raghavan all cooperation by saying ”We stand together unconditionally in words and actions. I am looking forward for further collaborations in future.”
The meeting turned to be a right step taken by SLA India for the bright future of Indian school librarianship and for creating connections with Associations and personalities in LIS from around the country.