‘No Bag’ Day was observed in schools across the state in memory of late president APJ Abdul Kalam. Schools were encouraged to observe ‘Reading Day’ on his birth anniversary by reading non-academic books. The state higher and technical education department also asked its officials to lead by example.
A GR was issued Thursday, asking all departments of higher and technical education, non-agricultural universities, higher educational institutes and colleges to not make unnecessary expenditure on flower bouquets for VIPs and guests who kept visiting for meetings and invest in books instead.
“On October 15, Reading Day was observed in educational institutes across the state in memory of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. It is necessary to promote a culture of reading. To achieve this purpose, instead of buying flower bouquets, please purchase books on a variety of subjects that can be gifted to visiting officials,” said the GR.
Meanwhile, education officials welcomed the move and promised to follow it for all future visits.
Dilip Nandanwar, state joint director of technical education, said that he started implementing the rule from Thursday itself. “We had an event at a city college where we not only spoke to students about the importance of reading, but also gifted a book to a guest. I personally feel that it is a great idea, and in our own way, we had been following it too. On many occasions, we have gifted books and plants to people as not only are flower bouquets expensive, but other gifts are long-lasting too. However now, we are passing on the communication to all affiliated departments and asking them to strictly follow this rule,” he said.
While the GR pertains only to higher and technical education departments, other department officials too said they would take inspiration from it.
“I think this can prove to be very useful in promoting a culture of reading and knowledge-sharing among officers who are involved in the field of education. Though this is not applicable to us, but we would like to follow it too. I will send similar instructions to people in my department,” said Ramchandra Jadhav, deputy director of education, Pune region.