They say a reader is a leader, and a leader is a reader! The idea of setting up an exclusive book shelf of Indic books in school libraries came up as a result of frequent observations made by concerned parents and academicians about the deteriorating reading habits amongst students. Also, many school libraries lack sufficient number of books on Indic themes, suitable for various age-groups.
Indica Coimbatore took the initiative to see if this can be addressed by giving a grant to interested schools to set up an exclusive shelf of Indic books to encourage the students to read and discover their cultural roots.
Perks Matriculation School in Coimbatore readily welcomed this idea and the first Indic Book Shelf was inaugurated by Sri. M. Pramodkumar, Convener of Indica Coimbatore, on Independence Day 2019. A list of books curated by members of Indica Coimbatore and the school correspondent were procured for the school library.
A talk on Jallianwala Bagh to commemorate 100 years of the incident was organised on the same day in collaboration with Bharateeya Itihasa Sankalana Samiti. Coimbatore’s very own historian, Sri Rajesh Govindarajulu delivered this talk.
Perks School has also agreed to conduct an Amar Chitra Katha Quiz based on Indian history and mythology in October as a follow up to encourage the students read more. More schools are coming forward to join the initiative, and inculcate better reading habits in children.
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