CHAPTER - 5

State Educational Resource and Information Center, (SERIC) Sheshadripuram Bengaluru

Historical Perspective:-

State Educational Resource and Information Center (SERIC Library) established on 21-8-1891 by Mysore Maharaja, His Highness the Chamaraja Wodeyar at Mysore as State Educational Library and Museumto have collections of standard worksrelating to the theory , practice and history of education along with text books and latest English school books on every subject and of vernacular text books published in different parts of India.

The Museum of furniture, Maps,Charts and educational appliances were located in the Victoria Jubilee Hall at Mysore and the library was located at the Office of the then Education Secretary, Mysore.In the year 1910 museum got shifted to Sheshadri Memorial Hall Bangalore and in the year 1915 library was kept open to the general public at Mysore.

In the year 1957, the Directorof Public Instruction Shri N S Hiranya, IAS felt an urge to shift this library from Mysore to Bangalore at Central High school under Director of Public Instruction and named as State Educational Library. It was urged to the surrounding schools and general public to use that library. Mysore State educational Library rules were formed to manage and run the library and administrative power were assigned to Director of Public Instruction.

Presently Library is in its own building which was constructed in the year 1984,out of Teacher welfare fund and donations by the prominent people. It is located at the heart of the Bengaluru city, SubhedarChatramSheshadripuram with more than one lack books comprising antique collection about educational history of Karnataka, Commission Reports, vast collection of reference books, English and kannada literature, books about history, children literature and Art

In the year 1992 library got upgraded as Karnataka State Educational Resources and Information center (SERIC) having 7000 Sq.ft. of floor area proving reading facility for 32 teachers who can use reading room with cubicles with well equipped old furniture. Library has completed its centenary year in the year 1991and in the year 2007 library administration has been shifted from Commissioner for Public Instruction to The Director DSERT.

Library is in the process of Automation through Library Management Software E-Granthalaya with progressive plan to develop children Library, Research wing and Competative Examination section.

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