Mangaluru: Father Muller Medical College commemorates National Library Day

Press release

Mangaluru, August 13: Father Muller Medical College, Central Library Committee celebrated National Library Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of the father of librarianship Padmashri, the late Dr. SR Ranganathan on Friday August 12 at the Knowledge Center and Memorial decennial at 3:00 p.m.

To mark this celebration, the undergraduate inter-medical general knowledge quiz ‘MULLER LIBER’ was held and eight medical colleges from DK and Udupi district participated in the event. Dr. Anil Shetty, Professor of Pediatrics, FMMC, led the quiz session.
The following Medical College students were the winners of the quiz

The program began with a song of prayer, followed by a welcoming address by Dr. Venkatesh BM, Chairman of the Central Library Committee. The program was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp by the main guest Dr Hima Urmila Shetty President of Dr MV Shetty Memorial Trust along with other dignitaries on the dais namely Fr Richard A Coelho, Director, FMCI , Fr. Ajith B Menezes, Trustee, FMMC, Dr. Antony Sylvan D’Souza, Dean, FMMC, Dr. Venkatesh BM, Chairman, Central Library Committee, Dr. Janet Dotty Lobo Chief Librarian, FMCI.

Dr. Janet Jotty Lobo, Librarian, Father Muller Charitable Institutions, introduced the father of the library, the late Dr. SR Ranganathan. Dr Devina Rodrigues, Deputy Director and PG Coordinator, FMCON Introduces the main guest.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Guest Dr. Hima Urmila Shetty thanked FMCI for the opportunity to be in the midst of the august gathering and share her experiences with libraries around the world as well as her love deep for reading and books. She highlighted the facts about the father of librarianship, Dr. SR Ranganathan, his presence in Mangaluru and his passion for librarianship.

She felt that a library should cater to different types of readers – the advanced as well as the novice. She noted that in recent times, libraries remain undervalued and underutilized globally. The advancement of technology has only added more fuel to this fire. Technological advances in access to information have taken readers away from printed versions. Ironically, she remembered a few lines from the CEO of Google who believed that books are essential for increasing knowledge.

Dr. Shetty described how reading incorporated complex and higher cognitive functions. Reading is a skill where a person absorbs and digests the entire book. Also, a good reader passes on knowledge to future generations. She recalled how in ancient times the scriptures had to be memorized and passed on to the next generation. So, with the birth of reading and writing, there was a revolution in the way knowledge spread. She pointed to the fact that Indians stand tall as avid readers and believed that well-read citizens are essential for a vibrant democracy. It is essential that we continue to be avid readers no matter what language we prefer and librarians must encourage people to develop the culture of reading. Otherwise, we gradually lose the link with our history, our traditions and our culture.

She believed that reading democratized knowledge and believed that print had its own heritage. While technology robotizes accessibility to books. Although millions of books are available on our screens at the click of a button, we become simple collectors of books and accumulate them, rather than imbibe them.

Dr. Shetty suggested that a healthy reading culture can be developed by embracing a book, reading it, and recommending it to others in return. She urged FMCI to develop a healthy reading culture among students and faculty members of constituent institutes. She recounted an interesting experience where she met a parent who was trying to instill a culture of reading in the child. The parent paid the child $10 each time he finished a book, and little by little the child developed the healthy habit of reading. She called it the best investment ever.
Finally, she strongly believed that a library is a treasure for an individual, their family and, more importantly, for the whole nation and urged FMCI to work to develop the culture of reading.

Best User Award given to students based on the highest library usage in the undergraduate section, postgraduate section, and e-resource usage in the e-library. Prizes to academic winners: book prizes for the best scholars were distributed.

BMJ Research to Publication recognition selection based on those who have completed more than 50 Research to Publication modules honored with memories.
Raffle Winner: M/s CBS Publishers and Distributors held a raffle on the Manipal manual of surgery book and the winner was Sandra Paul – MBBS and also honored the sponsors of those who had contributed to the success of the National Library Day celebration.

During the presidential speech, Father Richard A Coelho, director of FMCI, expressed his satisfaction that FMCI organized for the second time a large-scale program to celebrate National Library Day.

He expressed that a library is a treasure as well as a resource. However, he agreed with Dr Shetty in his view that advances in technology have made libraries a monument in recent times. He noted the fact that libraries across the world remain underutilized and underaccessible. The current generation seems lethargic and does not use resources and facilities to the maximum. It used to be that people called an avid reader a “bookworm”, but unfortunately today the tribe of avid readers is on the decline. He strongly believes that availability has overtaken use where libraries remain inaccessible. The golden age of government libraries is over. Furthermore, he added that readers’ contribution to society was unprecedented. And everyone must develop a good culture of reading. A simple scan or incomplete reading will not help to soak up knowledge. Rather, we need to dwell on what the book has to offer.

Finally, he acknowledged the contributions of the Chief Librarian for her tireless service in developing and maintaining library facilities with a well-managed team and making resources accessible to all. Furthermore, he applauded the contributions of the chairman of the FMCI library committee. He appealed to all to read and spread knowledge.

Father Richard A Coelho, Director of FMCI, presented the Memento to the main guest, Dr. Hima Urmila Shetty. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. John Martis, Professor of General Surgery, FMMC, Central Library Committee Member, and the program was professionally and meticulously prepared by Dr. Reshma G. Kini, Associate Professor, FMMC Pathology .

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