THE PROBLEM OF UNDER-UTILIZATION OF LIBRARY RESOURCES IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE TRIBAL PREDOMINANT GADCHIROLI DISTRICT
Author(s): Anil Bhoyar
‘Centre’s of higher education’ imply Universities and Colleges. It will not be improper to say that Universities and Colleges are educational centre’s of the young generation. Today tremendous changes are taking place in higher education all over the world. With the introduction of globalization and free market economy the changes are being accelerated in all fields. Its impact is also inevitably felt in the higher educational systems. Libraries are considered the most important part of any educational institution. Its crucial role is beyond description. Completion of studies initiated in the classroom is possible only in the library and in this way it will be closely connected with life since most books are written out of experience from life. After understanding the lessons in the class-room the curiosity of students is aroused for greater levels of knowledge. Satisfaction of that curiosity is possible only in the library. This curiosity is the spur of progress to achieve in numerous fields. Today, library, the ‘temple of knowledge’ is highly saturated with numerous kinds of books and periodicals and electronic items. But the tragedy is that the library resources are not properly utilized in a large number of institutions. The present study undertaken in some 35 colleges examines the problems of under-utilization of library resources in Higher Educational Institutions in tribal area predominant in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. The study is done class-wise. In this, a study of materials used by students, professors and non-teaching staff is undertaken.