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Minister of Education launched a 100-day reading campaign titled 'Padhe Bharat'.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday launched a 100-day reading campaign titled 'Padhe Bharat' in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which emphasises on the promotion of joyful reading culture among children by ensuring availability of age-appropriate reading books in any language.


Launching the campaign, the minister underlined the importance of reading habit that children need to develop to ensure continuous and lifelong learning.

He said the habit of reading, if inculcated at an early age, helps in brain development, enhances imagination and provides a conducive learning environment for children.

Pradhan emphasised that reading is the foundation of learning, which motivates students to read books independently, develops creativity, critical thinking, vocabulary and the ability to express both verbally and in writing.

It helps children relate to their surroundings and real-life situations, he added.

Pradhan also stressed the need to create an enabling environment in which students read for pleasure and develop their skills through a process that is enjoyable and sustainable and which remains with them for life.

He also shared the names of the five books that he picked to begin reading. He encouraged everyone to adopt the habit of reading books and urged all to share what they are reading along with suggestions.

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