Maharashtra Reading Day: Schools, colleges directed to promote reading

ST Correspondent
Monday, 15 October 2018

The State government has given instructions to schools and colleges to celebrate the 4th ‘Maharashtra Reading Day’ on October 15 with a view to promote reading culture among students. The day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

Pune: The State government has given instructions to schools and colleges to celebrate the 4th ‘Maharashtra Reading Day’ on October 15 with a view to promote reading culture among students. The day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

Schools, colleges, libraries and other institutes have been encouraged to start a Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Vachan Katta (reading place) on its premises.

The Maharashtra Reading Day is being observed in the state since the year 2015 to preserve reading culture and inculcate the habit of reading in everyone, young and old.

According to a GR issued by the State government, all the students, teachers as well as non-teaching staff have been instructed to spend at least half an hour out of the working hours for reading. The schools have also been encouraged to inform the students about Bhilar, the first village of books and take students for an educational tour of the village. Also, one of the days in the month is to be celebrated as no-gadget day.

To preserve the reading culture, everyone is requested to gift at least one book to a friend or family member. Also, parents, students and former students have been requested to gift a book each to the students, according to their age-group.

Schools should also hold group discussions on several books, interact with authors and visit book exhibitions and find out about book distribution.

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