New Delhi: The 25th National Reading Day is being celebrated by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on June 19, 2020.
We are celebrating National Reading Day today. To honor the father of the Library Movement in Kerala, Late P.N, Panicker, Reading Day is celebrated across the country. His death anniversary falls on 19th June. Therefore, his death anniversary is celebrated as the Day of Reading.
This year, the celebration for the 25th edition of the P.N. Panicker Memorial National Reading Day is being done online because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is a month-long celebration in his honor.
P.N. Panicker is known as the Father of the Library Movement in Kerala. He had started the Sanadanadharmam Library in 1926. He was a teacher in his hometown. He was also responsible for the cultural movement which advocated reading in the state of Kerala.
To develop a country socio-economically, reading is an important activity. The slogan of the P.N. foundation is ‘Read and Grow.’ The foundation has initiated online reading activities which can be checked on the official website.
Some of these activities are a Digital Reading Pledge, a webinar on the importance of reading, Digital Library, and intellectual property rights, etc.
The Foundation has suggested Quiz, Open Art, Essay writing/debate competition for students. There will also be a quiz and Video Book Competition for the teachers, faculty members, and librarians.
Interested individuals can find more details on the P N Panicker Foundation official website.
The MHRD has started the ‘#MyBookMyFriend’ campaign on social media to encourage reading habits among students. The campaign was launched by the HRD minister in April 2020 as a part of World Book Day.
The Department of Posts, Government of India, has also celebrated the legacy of Panicker by issuing a commemorative postage stamp in his name on June 21, 2004.
The Reading Month will be celebrated from June 19 to July 18, 2020.
Panicker was born at Neelamperoor on March 1, 1909, to Govinda Pillai and Janaky Amma.
The Reading Day celebration started in 1996. As the years passed, it gained more movement.