Roing: Eminent educationist Vimala Ramachandra on Monday inaugurated ‘Joy of Reading Festival 2019-20’, a book fair organised to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in Roing of Arunachal Pradesh’s Lower Dibang Valley.
The focus of the festival, sponsored by the Centre’s Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and Lower Dibang Valley district’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme, is on the girl child.
Ramachandran inaugurated the festival in presence of Lower Dibang Valley deputy commissioner Mitali Namchoom, heads of departments, teachers and students.
Addressing the students, Ramachandran stressed on the importance of reading as it improves concentration, increases knowledge, improves vocabulary and gives us information of all kinds as books are considered windows to the world.
“One should not discriminate while reading books of any genre as reading helps in gaining knowledge which make us more sensible and wise decision-makers. So one should read books of all communities as assimilating new ideas and thoughts and learning the practice of other communities will help us grow as a good human being,” she said.
DC Namchoom advised all the students and teachers present to take advantage of the book exhibition and interactive programme and to inculcate the habit of reading.
S Mundayoor, social activist and founder of the library movement, related the inspiration for the start of the youth library network. He thanked the district administration, the schools, institutions and the library volunteers for hand-holding an idea and transform it into the annual Joy of Reading Festival.
“We can bring about a change in children’s reading habits, which in turn can bring about a new education standard in Arunachal Pradesh if we work together,” he said.
The day also saw the inauguration of a five-day mobile book exhibition and celebration of Beti Janmotsav of girls institutionally-delivered across the district in September.
Publishers such as NBT (India), Tulika (Chennai), TERI Books (New Delhi), Eklavya (Bhopal), Sri Ramakrishna Math (Chennai), Scholastic (India), Dimdima (Mumbai), After School (Delhi), CEE (Ahmedabad) and Kalpavriksha (Pune) are participating in the book fair.