This way to success…

This way to success…

When the Post SSC Students Association at Thane, better known as the Almeida Library, celebrated its Golden Jubilee two years ago, hundreds of erstwhile members, including this writer, recalled with fondness the time they spent there studying, revising and even cramming for exams. The library, which remains open 24/7 and provides a superb ambience that facilitates studies, was founded in 1952 by University students of the Thane. For those who are unaware, the library popular name is derived from Dr. Almeida’s Building at Cherai, which is where it was situated before shifting to the current site in 1965.

The library has come a long way since 1952 and so has the city. In those days, Thane did not even have a college of its own. The students of Thane had to depend on distant colleges and had no library facilities in and around the city. In 52 years, the library has benefited more than 25,000 student-members, many of who have gone on to become successful professionals.

Managed entirely by students, the library goes beyond being a study room with a book collection. It assists students by frequently arranges guest lectures and seminars, visit to industries, counselling for job interviews and so on. It also actively participates in serving the society by organising such things as blood donation camps and sapling plantation drives.

Since last year, the library has initiated an annual programme called "Disha," a series of guest lectures that aim to guide students in making the right decisions in their journey towards success. There are five main topics of discussion, which would be led by prominent individuals: Positive Thinking by Jayprakash Kabra; Time Management by Leela Joshi; Human Beliefs and Values by Rajabhau Gawande; Improvisation by Mina Gurjar; India’s Defence and Youth by Major Shashikant Pitre.

The day-long programme, which begins at 9:30 am through 6:00 pm, is being held on January 18, 2004 at the New English School at Ram Maruti Road. The entry fee is a mere Rs. 30, which includes lunch and tea. Readers interested in attending the programme may contact Rohan Pradhan on 25437209 or Sheetal Rane 25366121.

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