25th edition of the National Reading Day 2020
- On 19th June, Indian people celebrated the 25th edition of the National Reading Day in order to honour Kerala’s Father of Library Movement, Puthuvayil Narayana(P.N.) Panicker. This day also highlighted on his contributions to the reading culture which was made Kerala’s universal literacy rate (100 per cent) in 1990.
- along with it, the whole week wil be observed as Reading week and reading month will begin from 19th June and end on 18 th July 2020. P.N.Panicker was born on 1st March 1909 in Kerala state and his death anniversary is considered as National Reading Day.
About National Reading Day 2020 –
- On 16th June, The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released a notice to pay a special attention on technology-driven reading.
- online reading related activities, such as Quizs, Open Art and Essay Writing and Debate Competitions for the students. Quizs and video book competitions for the all faculty members and Librarians.
Facts National Reading Day 2020
- First time, National Reading Day took place on 19th June 1996. since 1996, Kerala has been celebrating this day.
- During 1926, Panicker begun his career as a teacher in Sanadanadharmam Library in Kerala. He paid his role in establishing the Travancore Library Association or Thiruvithaamkoor Granthasala Sangham in 1945.
- In 1975, he recieved ‘Krupskaya Award’ from UNESCO. He had served as General Secretary of the association for the period of 32 years. later, State government took over association and became the Kerala State Library Council.
- On the occasion of Day, The Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ commenced a social media campaign named as ‘#MyBookMyFriend’. it aims to inspire reading among students on April 23rd, 2020.
About P N Panicker Foundation –
Headquarters– Trivandrum, Kerala
About Kerala –
Capital – Thiruvananthapuram
Chief minister – Pinarayi Vijayan
Governor – Arif Mohammad Khan
State Mammal – Indian Elephant
State Bird – Great hornbill
State Fish – Green chromide
State Butterfly – Papilio buddha
State Flower – Kanikonna
State Fruit – Jackfruit
State Tree – Coconut tree