P N Panicker, the father of Library and Literacy Movement in Kerala is an eminent personality, who was the pillar behind the socio- cultural rebirth in Kerala. P N Panicker Foundation, the mother organization of P N Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra was established during the Sathabhishek year (84th birth anniversary of P N Panicker) under the Chairmanship of Justice V R Krishna Iyer to spearhead developmental issues focusing on inclusive growth in tune with the technological advancement.
P N Panicker laid the foundation of the holistic approach to human resources development, through the library and literacy movement he initiated and propagated in his life time. He is also the father of many non-formal education movements like Kerala Association for Non-Formal Education and Development (KANFED), literacy campaigns such as ‘Total Literacy 1986’ and novel institutions like Kerala Grandhasala Sangam (Kerala State Library Council).
P N Panicker Foundation organizes Jan Vigyan Vikas Yatras to reach to the mass of unreached. It also organizes efficient mass contact programme which is a unique experience for the Keralites. The Jan Vigyan Vikas Yatra, focuses on ‘Developing a path with people-focused inclusive growth driven by knowledge, technology, and innovation’. P N Panicker Foundation’s cultural and educational yatra, is now regulated in every nook and corner of the country as a vibrant medium to educate the masses. P N Panicker Foundation was the first organization in the country to popularize e-reading among the rural masses with internet facility in 2002. This initiative paved way for establishing 25000 rural home e- libraries in 2010. Considering the commendable work carried out by the foundation, Government of Kerala organized an autonomous organization P N Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra.