TANGLA: Tea giant Goodricke Group Limited donated a state-of-the-art e-library building to Garuajhar High School in Udalguri district here on Tuesday.
Initiated as a part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme of Goodricke Group Limited, which owns Orangajuli and Nonaipara tea estates in the district, the e-library building was donated to the government-run school along the Indo-Bhutan border which is located 19.5 km from Udalguri. Built at an estimate cost of Rs 10 lakh, the e-library incorporates a modern building and two computer sets with internet connection. It was inaugurated by Managing Director and CEO of Goodricke Group Limited, Atul Asthana in the presence of the Orangajuli and Nonaipara TE office bearers, school staff, invited guests and students.
A meeting was held on the occasion at the school campus where the school management committee expressed their gratitude to the tea company for its sincere dedication and co-operation for the welfare of the student community in recent years.
The general manager of Orangajuli Tea Estate, Talat Ahmed delivered the keynote address and elaborated on the CSR programme of the company in extending support to various developmental projects in the proximity of the tea estate. He also reiterated the commitment of the tea company for bridging the gap and bringing in social uplift, specifically in education and social spheres.
Managing Director and CEO of Goodricke Group Limited, Atul Asthana urged the students to grasp the knowledge from the virtual world by using computer and internet facilities and make proper use of it by combining technology and information resources to allow remote access to information and be updated in their knowledge base. “We are committed to working for the cause of the people by developing road infrastructure, community hospitals and schools located in the neighbourhood of our gardens,” Asthana said.
On the request of the school authorities, Asthana also assured incurring the charge of facilitating computer instructors on weekly basis through the tea gardens. Journalist Narayan Deka spoke about the concept of e-library and digital resources and asked the teachers of the school to provide access to the internet-enabled library in a protected manner. The event was attended by a host of tea garden management staff of Orangajuli and Nonaipara tea gardens.