Thursday, October 29, 2020
Surrey Libraries was delighted to receive a gift of 51 books from the Consul General of India on October 26. An initiative of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, ‘Bharat Ek Parichay’ aims to add information and knowledge about Indian art, culture, religion, philosophy, economy, and other topics, in eminent educational institutions globally. The books include titles such as The Book of Indian Birds, Indian Classical Dance, Indian Philosophy, Bollywood: the Films, the Songs and the Stars, and The Best Indian Wit and Wisdom. The books were presented to Surrey Libraries’ Chief Librarian, Surinder Bhogal, who accepted the gift on behalf of the Board of Trustees. The presentation was made in the Dr. Ambedkar Room of the City Centre Branch.
“We thank the Consul General for selecting Surrey Libraries to receive this gift. The books will be appreciated by the Surrey community, which is home to one of the largest South Asian populations in the Lower Mainland. The collection will also promote cultural awareness and understanding – a key role for libraries,” said Ms. Bhogal.
The presentation ceremony was arranged and hosted by Chetna Association of Canada. “We applaud the Indian Consulate for strengthening inclusion, respect, equality, liberty, and fraternity,” said Jai Birdi General Secretary of the Chetna Association.