India celebrated its 26th National Reading Day on June 19, 2021.
- The week following June 19 will be observed as Reading Week and the entire month till July 18 will be observed as Reading Month.
- The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) celebrates National Reading Day annually on 19 June.
- The Day is celebrated to honour the father of the ‘Library Movement in Kerala’, the late P.N. Panicker, whose death anniversary falls on June 19.
- The P N Panicker Foundation has been observing the national reading day, reading week, and reading month since June 19, 1996.
- This year, the foundation has organized activities that motivate reading online due to the prevailing COVID 19 situation in the country.
- On June 19, 2017, Prime Minister launched the 22nd National Reading Month Celebrations and called for unity to spread the message of ‘Read and Grow’ among all the citizens of the country by 2022.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently announced the ‘Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors’ scheme.
- This is a mentorship programme to train 75 young authors to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day.
- Along with this, the government is expected to announce some initiatives to celebrate National Reading Day India 2021.
About P N Panicker:
- Puthuvayil Narayana Panicker (1 March 1909 – 19 June 1995) is known as the “Father of the Library Movement” in the Indian state of Kerala.
- He promoted Kerala Association for Non-Formal Education and Development (KANFED), a non-formal education movement and institutions like Kerala Grandhasala Sangam (Kerala State Library Council).
- The activities that he initiated triggered a popular cultural movement in Kerala which led to universal literacy in the state in the 1990s.
- Kerala became the first total literate state of the country in 1991.