How to become civil servant: A guidance lecture was delivered by RK Gupta, IRS, Special Commissioner Income Tax, on February 18 at Police Public Library in Jamia Nagar Police Station from 12.30 pm to 2:00 pm.
“It was an important lecture as students came to know about how to crack civil service exams. Students took great interest in the lecture delivered by the IRS, said Rizwan Khan, director of Plasma, who also teach students free of cost.
Several of its students have succeeded in cracking several exams after studying at Police Public Library that provides free coaching facilities to the deprived, said Khan.
It is the only library in Delhi to be run inside police station. Started by then South-east Delhi’s Additional Commissioner of Police Ajay Chaudhari on February 22, 2012 the library has been at the centre of attraction with many Jamia Nagar residents being skeptical about it and some praising the work.
However, the local police had rubbished such claims. “All sorts of rumours have been doing the rounds. The library is a goodwill gesture to connect with the local youth. But some political agenda seems to driving such rumours, especially since the municipal elections are around the corner. People are trying to garner votes by spreading such rumours,” Ajay Chaudhry, Additional CP (Southeast) had told Sunday Guardian in 2012.
Recently, some local activists had even launched campaign against the library on the social media. However, the issue was resolved after the interference of some local activists.
The library, an effort to improve image of police in the Muslim-dominated locality, is open for everybody without any membership fee and it boasts of more than 2,000 books, including literature, competitive books, encyclopedia, fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature and reference books at the library.
Moreover, to keep visitors updated about latest current events in the country and globe, the library subscribes more than 10 newspapers in Hindi, Urdu and English.
“Many poor children have benefitted from this library,” said Khan.