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Read India Celebrations 2022 has added another milestone to its journey – Director of School Education has sent a circular to encourage students from the schools of Telangana to register for the Reading Challenge

India as a country is the lowest when in comes to non-academic reading. This is perhaps because not many know the positive impact of reading. “We must understand the importance of reading for fun. It increases mental fitness. Reading is like nutrition to the brain,” says Raghuram Ananthoj, the visionary behind Read India Celebration.

Raghuram Ananthoj

He shares, “According to global research, every successful person & leader in the world is a Reader and Independent Thinker.” He says cultivating non-academic reading teaches you not just reading books but also reading self and situations – a major life skill in today’s competitive environment.

“Academics contribute only 50% to individual success whereas the remaining 50% comes from practical reading and problem-solving skills,” he states. And anchoring on this proven philosophy is the Read India Celebration – One of its kind book reading movement and leadership initiative for students (school & college) & citizens (from RIC2022). The aim of the initiative is to reach out to 100 crore people and eventually reach out to a billion people by 2025, encourage them to read in order to bring in positive influence to their lives.

Through this initiative the non-profit organisation has reached out to government officials and State and Central Education Boards to promote a competition that encourages students to read a book and write about it. So far, the milestones from the time of inception in 2014 include over 1,05,000 students participants from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (2015), students from over 100+ schools from 25 states across India including from USA, Canada, UAE and New Zealand (2020), 3,30,000 plus registrations, from more than 10,000 schools across 29 states in India, including students from the USA, UAE, Qatar, Oman (RIC 2021) and importantly the Joint Secretary MHRD, Govt of India Maneesh Garg (IAS) sent a note to all CBSE schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas, and JNV’s to participate.

The latest jewel in the crown is that the Director of School Education A Sridevasena has sent a circular to all the District Education Officers to initiate the students from the schools of Telangana to register for the celebrations.

Currently most programmes of Read India are online, but soon, the organisation is planning for offline events to encourage and initiate youngsters into reading.

Reading increases the ability to process information, which they say is the new oil. However, information is like the crude oil; it needs refinement. Reading sows the seeds of information. No Readings Means, No Success – states Raghuram, who works with Dell while pursuing his passion – to turn India into a nation that reads.

Read India Celebration 2022 – 100 Days, 100 Crore Readers (May 8th – Aug 15th)

Timelines

Launch on May 8th, ending Aug 15th (100 Days, 100 Crore Readers)

Registrations/Submissions close by Aug 15

Round#1 Evaluations – Sep & Oct

Round#2 Screening – Nov

Grand Finale – Dec

Registration & Participation

1. Register on www.readindia.info

2. Read a book, story, or research a topics/theme (25+ topics listed on the website – www.readindia.info)

3. Submit 2 A4 size pages as below

Page#1: Learnings/findings from the book/story/research topic along

Page#2: 1 idea/solution to solve any problem of participants’ choice (Upload PDF / Word / Picture of a written document from participants’ dashboard)

4. Plus Submit a 1 to 2-mins video summary about the book/story /research topic or the problem solution

*Language for submissions: Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali & English

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