In a bid to encourage the habit of reading, the Human Resource Development Ministry wants to set up book stalls of the National Book Trust at railway stations and airports.
“We will get in touch with the Railway and the Civil Aviation ministries to enable NBT to set up book stalls in all railway stations and airports. Not only that, books of all languages would be available in these stalls,” HRD Minister Smriti Irani said at the inaugural function of the New Delhi World Book Fair.
Irani also said NBT should publish books of budding and young writers in regional languages and set up book clubs in every district, while announcing her ministry’s plans to launch an initiative called ‘shodh yatri’ under which a five-member team of youngsters, a writer and a historian would be set up to travel to trace their roots and publish their findings in the form of a book.
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Meanwhile, speaking at another event, Irani said cultural tolerance and respect for women should be key in educational models.
“Today, as we impart education, values are being left behind. Education should be such that it inculcates ethics and develops a strong character,” she said.
“Cultural tolerance and respect for women should be the key in educational models,” she added.