Enriching Minds : The 10th Annual Grand Book Fair 2019

Enriching Minds : The 10th Annual Grand Book Fair 2019

Shivasish Sahu | Jan 07, 2019

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Amidst the chilling weather and the orderly chaos at the threshold of a new semester, the Biju Patnaik Central Library (BPCL) organized the 10th Annual Grand Book Fair 2019 from January 3-5, 2019 to exhibit the vast collection of books to enrich the minds of the NITR Junta and augment the trove of the library.

The book fair was inaugurated by Dr Animesh Biswas, the Director of NITR at 11 PM on January 3 at the NCC Ground amidst a good gathering. The book fair was aimed at providing the academic community with the opportunity to explore various books and study materials of different fields and genres, especially for disciplines like Engineering, Science and Technology, Planning and Architecture, Humanities and Social Sciences, etc. and avail them to boost their library.

There were 25 stalls of publishers and vendors from various places like New Delhi, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Jamshedpur, Raipur, etc. who displayed their books of multiple disciplines to the visitors. Most of them are a part of the book since its inception and have come over to Rourkela for the last ten years. Mr Arup, a vendor from Kolkata, said,

I have been coming here since its first edition with newer books from reputed authors. We always try to fulfil the requirements as stated to us by the BPCL with books encompassing major fields of study so that the students and other visitors can learn newer things every year.

The timings were set at 9 AM to 1 PM (Morning Slot) and 3 PM to 8 PM (Evening Slot) so that students and faculties could come over and enrich their minds. Discounts of 25% for the library and 20% for other visitors was set to boost the purchase of books. But the students, especially the undergraduates, were a bit disappointed with the books on display which could not satiate the requirements of their curriculum as most of the displayed books were ideal for researchers. One of the undergraduate students, Pratik Kumar Patra said,

Even though this book fair has a vast collection of books for the academic community, it is highly unlikely that we would be able to buy some of these as they hardly fit our curriculum. Moreover, they come with a hefty price tag despite the discounts as they are written by foreign authors.

The BPCL was successful in organising the 10th Annual Grand Book Fair which saw many appreciators but a few takers of the knowledge owing to the feeble amount of books for the undergraduate students who form the chunk of the populace at NITR. But the research students and faculties enjoyed this three-day affair by taking numerous ideas and knowledge for their future studies from the displayed books.

Prof. Debarjoyti Choudhuri (Department of Mathematics) who attended the book fair said,

This fair is helpful for people like me and the researchers. It has helped us to stay updated with the recent developments and subjects. Moreover, we do not find books which can satiate our thirst easily, so such exhibitions enrich us and provide us with the opportunity to lay our hands on some rare books.

 Prof. Sanjoy Datta (Department of Physics and Astronomy) too presented his views on the book fair.

The book fair is a treasure chest for the seekers of knowledge and helps us widen our horizon of thinking. But a balance of Undergraduate and Research books could have worked wonders for most of the NITR populace by providing them with the chance to pick some books for their benefit.

Team MM congratulates BPCL for successfully conducting the three-day BookFair.



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