October 15th will be a special day for school children in Maharashtra as schools will observe ‘No School Bag Day’. On the occasion of the birth anniversary of former President, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, Maharashtra Education Department has announced to celebrate the day as ‘Vaachan Prerna Divas’ or ‘Reading Day’.
Students from class III to class VIII won’t carry their heavy bags to school and will be provided non-academic books, including poetries and novels for reading. This initiative was taken by the Maharashtra School Education Minister, Mr. Vinod Tawade, in honor of the late President who has written a few books himself. As rightly quoted by B. B. Chavan, Deputy Director, Mumbai, the younger generation has a sorely lacking towards reading and Dr. Kalam’s writing will be an inspiration to them.
The government has set aside a fund of 6 Lakhs for this initiative and schools have been instructed to host book exhibitions, invite author’s and have interactions, discussions on books and reading. Schools have been asked not to restrict this to a one-day event, but to organize it once every month, to create a positive and stress-free learning environment for students.
This will be a beneficial chance for those who possess a liking towards reading, as governments have informed schools to devote time on specific days every month for organizing reading activities and book fairs.
So let us all create a fun and a positive environment by making this special day a fitting tribute to our Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.