50th International Literacy Day observed with zeal

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 8: 50th International Literacy Day was observed today with zeal and zest by various educational institutions across the State.
Department of Lifelong Learning, University of Jammu (JU) today organized a special lecture on the theme “Illiteracy and other developmental challenges before India in 21st Century” in connection with the World Literacy Day. Speaking on the occasion, president, Press Club of India, New Delhi, Rahul Jalali, expressed concern over the fact that the literacy rate in India is well below the world average literacy rate of 84 percent and India currently has the largest illiterate population in the world. In his over 90-minutes interactive and informative lecture, Jalali discussed various things including the issues of farmers’ suicide, irrigation and agriculture, infrastructure etc. The lecture concluded with a question-answer session in which the students actively participated.
On the occasion of International Literacy Day, Rotary Club of Jammu City today launched a noble project for literacy named ‘Rotary Book Bank’ in the State with its Flag Resource Centre/free Book store at Jammu. Launching the project, Ravinder Koul, president of the Rotary Club of Jammu City, said that their mission is to increase literate rate in the State by recirculation of free of cost used books of all standards and levels to the needy through this Rotary Book Bank. He informed that the team of Rotary Club of Jammu City is going to organize Book Collection stalls at various schools and colleges once the academic session 2016-17 is over.
On International Literacy Day, the students of KCIS conducted a literacy survey in Bhagatpur village which they have adopted. A team of two teachers and 10 students visited Bhagatpur village. The students interacted with the children of Bhagatpur Primary School. Then they conducted a survey on literacy among the villagers. The students were led by Savita Sharma and Emily Phillips, Teaching Assistant from the United Kingdom. The programme was conducted under the aegis of Gandhi King Literary Society which works under the banner of Gandhi Peace Foundation Jammu, which is coordinated by Dr Seema Rohmetra.
Zila Lok Shiksha Samiti (Saakshar Bharat Mission) Poonch observed International Literacy Day by organizing a programme in the premises of District Institute of Education and Trainings (DIET) Poonch, which was presided over by Incharge Principal, Narinder Singh. All the Preraks and volunteers of Block Poonch participated in the programme. Speaking on the occasion, Incharge, SBM, Ramesh Chander Sharma (HoD, DIET), gave a brief feed back of the Mission in the district.
To observe International Literacy Day, DIET Kud organized a bunch of programmes including seminars, poster making and holding of rallies across the district under the supervision of Principal, DIET, Kud, Incharge Saakshar Bharat Mission Programme and other staff members of the DIET Kud.
International Literacy Day under the banner of SBM (Shakshar Baharat Mission) was observed in DIET Reasi under the supervision of Principal, JR Bhardwaj, who also inaugurated the function by lighting a lamp before the idol of Maa Sarswati. He also addressed the staff, Preraks (SBM) and students of surrounding schools, who were present on the occasion. Tripta Manyal HoD/ Nodal Officer of the SBM of district Reasi, deliberate on the need of literacy to enlighten the masses regarding various Government schemes.
International Literacy Day was observed in the premises of Government High School Parliwand (Kathua) under the guidance of Neelam Kumari, Headmaster of the School. In the programme, all the students and staff members participated and expressed their valuable views. While expressing her views on the importance and aim of the day, the Headmaster said that without education no society can be developed, so everyone needed to be educated so that a better world could be formed.
On the occasion of International Literacy Day, Government High School Dudu (Kirchi) took out an awareness rally in the town. The rally concluded at school premises after passing through the entire town. Head Master of the school along with all teachers also accompanied the students throughout the rally.