India CSR Establishes Dr Velaga Memorial Award for Innovative Library Services, Nomination invited


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NEW DELHI: The India CSR Dr Velaga Memorial Award for Innovative Library Services is established by India CSR Network in the year 2017 in profound memory of Dr. Velaga Venkatappiah (1930-2014), a think tank of Indian library movement and architect of public library legislation, who passed away on 29th December, 2014. He was the person in Andhra Pradesh to apply the concept of CSR to libraries and proved that public libraries can also derive support from corporate firms and PSUs under the CSR mandate. The Award is the brain-child of Rusen Kumar, who is the Founder and Editor of India CSR Network.

No. of Categories

There are two cateogries of the Awards, as mentioned below:

  1. India CSR Dr. Velaga Memorial Awards for Innovative Library Services (Library Professional)
  2. India CSR Dr. Velaga Memorial Awards for Innovative Library Services (Non-Library Professional)

India CSR Dr. Velaga Memorial Awards for Innovative Library Services (Library Professional)

This award will be conferred to those Indian Library professionals who are performing extraordinary work in the field of library services with ‘out of box’ thinking. Applicants have to prove their work which is leaving deep impact on the society. Cases of their work place will not be considered. Applicants have to give details of minimum last five years with evidence.

India CSR Dr. Velaga Memorial Awards for Innovative Library Services (Non-Library Professional)

This award will be conferred upon those people who are not LIS professionals but have focused on promotion reading culture by promoting library services and bringing social change. Applicants have to provide evidences of their work minimum last five years.

Key Features of the Awards:

The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 11,000, a Certificate and a memento. The recipient(s) shall be invited to deliver the Dr. Velaga Memorial Lecture on any of the below mentioned topics* related to libraries, librarianship, library services which embody the concept of corporate social responsibility:

  • Setting up of new public, rural and community libraries in PPP mode.
  • Adopting the concept of CSR to local public libraries.
  • Extension of library services to help non-formal and vocational education.
  • Liaison with corporate firms and local communities for improving civic amenities.
  • Collection and distribution of free/donated books to local libraries.
  • Organizing Information literacy programmes to local communities.
  • Promoting public-private partnership for providing library services.
  • Setting up of community-based information systems and services for the economically weaker sections of the society.


Indian citizens may send their nominations or nominate their colleagues who fulfill the basic requirements for the award. The applicants shall submit their nominations in the prescribed form (online and offline). The applications received will be scrutinized by a panel of experts and the winner will be selected. In case there are more than one persons selected for the award, it will be given jointly.


Nomination will be accepted till March 31, 2017


Nomination fee is Rs. 1100 (Rupees Eleven Hundred), which is non-refundable and will be treated as entry fee for attending the award function.


Award/honor will comprise Rs. 11,000/- (Rupees Eleven Thousand) as Award sum, a citation and memento, and others.

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Society for the Promotion of Public Libraries

The Society for the Promotion of Public Libraries (SPPL) is a non-governmental body established in 2011 at Visakhapatnam. The society aims to work towards the development of public libraries and establish new libraries with the support of corporate firms and Public Sector units. The objective of SPPL is to promote public libraries with the help of National and State Governments, MPs and MLAs, NRI’s and by utilizing the CSR funds of the corporate firms and Public Sector units. So far, the society has organized various seminars & conferences and established three new public libraries with CSR funds. The society is managed by senior library professionals with Shri PSN Murthy as its President.

Iyyanki-Velaga Puraskar Endowment

The Iyyanki-Velaga Puraskar is a charitable endowment established in memory of Shri Iyyanki Venkataramaniah and Dr. Velaga Ventappiah who have dedicated their entire lives to social service and public library movement for more than 60 years. The endowment is managed by Shri Venkateswara Swamy Devasthanam of Kanchi Kamakoti peeth at Guntur. The Puraskar (award) carries a cash prize of Rs. 10,000, a citation and a memento which is bestowed every year to two persons who have done commendable service to the society and public libraries.

Intellectual Society for Socio Techno Welfare

The organization aims at undertaking, aiding, co-coordinating, and promoting Research and development. It provides academic and professional guidance, advice and consultancy in the field of Basic Education, Higher Education as well as in the Technical Education Research. Apart from this, ISST collaborates with other national & International institutions, organizations and associations for more efficient functioning and fulfilment of its aims.


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