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Importance of reading stressed

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Wide reading is essential for an individual's holistic growth, says MLA




INCULCATING A HABIT: (Left) Roshy Augustine, MLA, inaugurating the Reading Week observance at the Government Tribal High School in Kattappana on Saturday; and writer Vaisakhan addressing a function at Poonkunnam Government High School in Thrissur in connection with Reading Week.



INCULCATING A HABIT: (Left) Roshy Augustine, MLA, inaugurating the Reading Week observance at the Government Tribal High School in Kattappana on Saturday; and writer Vaisakhan addressing a function at Poonkunnam Government High School in Thrissur in connection with Reading Week.

THRISSUR: Books are universities to learn about life, writer Vaisakhan has said.

He was addressing a function organised here on Saturday in connection with the district-level observance of P. N. Panicker Memorial Reading Week.

“While reading enhances creative thinking, visual medium limits imagination. Visuals make the viewers their slaves while reading liberates them. Reading will help character formation. Literature should be included in the syllabus of professional courses,” he said.

Writer Parvathy Pavanan and winner of National Award for Teachers Antony Vazhappilly were felicitated at a function held at Poonkunnam Government High School. Additional District Magistrate M. Girija presided over the function. District panchayat standing committee chairman (Education) P. R. Varghese, Deputy Director of Education Baby Usha Kiran, district information officer M. A. Vincent and others spoke.

The function was organised jointly by the district administration, district information office, education department, Grandhasala Sangham and P. N. Panikker Foundation. Addressing a function at Kerala Sahitya Akademi, writer Lalitha Lenin pointed out that electronic media can never substitute books. The Government Juvenile Home Library organised various literary competitions in connection with reading week observance.

P. N. Panicker is known as the father of library movement in Kerala.

The State government observes June 19 as the day of reading every year with week-long celebrations to honour the contributions of P. N. Panicker to the library movement.

In Kattapana

Wide reading is essential for an individual's holistic growth, Roshy Augustine, MLA, has said.

Inaugurating the district-level Reading Week observance at the Tribal High School at Kattanapana on Saturday, he said that for information gathering there are a lot of modern techniques but for gaining knowledge, reading is essential.

It is proven that while reading one engages more attention on the subject than the media.

The reading habit should be developed among children as only wide reading empowers one to compete in a highly competitive world, he said.

The Information and Public Relations Department, the district administration, the Education Department and the Library Council jointly organised the programme.

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