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Ratnagarva Begum Ashrafunnesa Library

Port City International University (PCIU) Library has been developing from the very outset of it’s launching in 2013. At present, its name is Ratnagarva Begum Ashrafunnesa Library. Ratnagarva Begum Ashrafunnesa is the mother of Mr. AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, MP, the Honorable Deputy Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and the Founder, President & Chairman of Port City International University (PCIU).

Ratnagarva Begum Ashrafunnesa  was born on 10 August, 1945 in an aristocratic Munshi family of Naria Upazilla under Shariatpur District. She studied at Charatra Azizia High  School . In 1958, she got married to  Engineer Abul Hashem  Mia,  the elder son of  another aristocratic Pike family of Sakhipur Thana under Shariatpur District. When her husband, Engineer Abul Hashem Mia, participated actively in the great liberation war in 1971, she also actively participated in the Liberation War with her husband and brother-in-laws. It is mentioned here that there was a camp of freedom fighters at Pike House. Her four children AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, MP, the Honorable Deputy Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Brigadier General AKM Aminul  Hoque  Swapan,  Shameem Ara Hoque Kakoli and Dr. Ashraful Hoque Siam have established themselves in their respective fields and that’s why, she was awarded Ratnagarva Mother in 2005.

She played an important role in the establishment of Charvaga Bangabandhu Ideal High School and College, Charvaga Amena Raushan Hafezia Madrasa, Charvaga Pikebari Govt. Primary School and Begum Ashrafunnesa  Hashem  Ma and Shisu Hospital with 10  bed arrangement on the land given by her husband at Charvaga in Sakhipur under Shariatpur Didrict. Begum   Ashrafunnesa  Foundation  was  established in  2008  with a view to providing   scholarship  and   financial  support  for  the  poor and  the meritorious students.  Begum Ashrafunnesa  Foundation  is giving  financial  support  for  the  study at Port City International University, Chattogram, students  form  different  schools, colleges and universities including Shariatpur District. The Foundation has provided about 18 lacs scholarship among 482 students of Port City International University. Begum Ashrafunnesa Foundation is also working to stand beside the destitute people during the crises of a flood, winter and various natural disasters. She died on 15 May, 2018.

She was the founder member of Board of Trustees at Port City International University.  She contributed to the establishment of the university with her accumulated fund. Considering her great contribution to Port City International University, the University Management took a decision on  01 June, 2018 in the 14th Syndicate meeting and 02 June, 2018   in the 28th  Trustee  Board  meeting  that the PCIU Library name would be changed as Ratnagarva Begum Ashrafunnesa Library.

 

Ratnagarva Begum  Ashrafunnesa Library   is   one  of   the  pioneer  libraries  in Bangladesh  in  terms  of  comprehensive  collections ,  a  variety  of  services ,  up-to – date  technology ,  professionally  skilled  manpower ,  user education, service marketing  etc  .The library  is  an  integral  part  of  the University and designed to meet the information, research and curriculum needs of the students , faculties and staff.

Resources

A  total  number  of  11689 printed  textbooks , 273 Literature books, 511 Periodicals and  bound  Journals , 2276 Thesis Reports, 59 Dictionary & Encyclopedia, 151 CD Rom Books, 7113 E-books, 1723 E-journals, 5900 Articles (access through UGC_UDL) and 3864 Newspaper.

 

Sections

 

At  present , the library maintains 9 different sections namely - Reference Service, Periodicals, Cyber & Audio-visuals, Newspaper Archive, Study Hall, Faculty Corner, Acquisition &  Processing  and  library  administration to provide better services to its users.

 

Services

 

Currently  the  library  provides  lending, reference , readers ‘guidance ,  internet, reading  room , news  clipping, audio-visual,  current   awareness, Selective Dissemination  Information (SDI) and Current Awareness Service(CAS) service to its users.  The Wi-Fi and broadband internet connection of the library building help the library users to access online resources easily. It has the access of IEEE Xplore Digital library, Wiley online library and Emerald insight through UGC_UDL.

 

Services Hours

 

Ratnagarva Begum  Ashrafunnesa  Library  remains opened for 7 days in a week from 8:30 am to 8:30  pm .  It remains closed on public holiday and other dates announced by the university authority.