An online book club ‘The Noida Book Donors Club’ is fast becoming a favourite web portal for students and bibliophiles in Noida who are looking to borrow specific books that they are unable to afford.
The Facebook page that runs by the name ‘The Noida Book Donors Club’ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1762974010595747/) is attracting literature enthusiasts and college students. Those interested in borrowing books can interact with those donating books on the page. The page has around 400 active users from Noida.
The page is founded and run by an associate professor of Government PG College, Rajiv Gupta, who believes that books are meant to be exchanged, donated and read widely. He had also founded a website in 2008 for book donors but it was only on social media that he was able to garner a larger traffic.
“It was only in 2015 that I founded the Facebook page but I soon received active responses from book lovers. The basic idea behind the club is to find a space where a person can donate books to those who require them,” Gupta said.
Gupta, a 20-year veteran of law and accounts, claims that he never liked students selling their books for scrap after graduating school or college.
“I started with the teachers and students in my college, motivating them to donate their books to juniors rather than selling them. To sell such valuable books to scrap dealers is a waste of resources. Instead, we can pass on the knowledge to other generations,” Gupta said.
Shivang, a final year student B Tech at Jaypee Institute of Technology, is grateful to the club for connecting him with those who were donating the books he needed for his curriculum.
“This initiative is very helpful for students who cannot afford the costly competitive and academic books. I found a donor who was willing to part with his books just to help another student. Overall, other students also get inspired to help their juniors,” Shivang said.
The donors also receive a certificate of appreciation from Gupta. He says that the initiative is also being promoted in private institutions.
“We intend to run this programme in institutions such as Amity and Jaypee as well, where more students can take part in it,” Gupta said.