The P N Panicker Foundation and P N Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra have been observing the Reading Day, Reading Week, and Reading Month Celebrations since 19th June, 1996, the first annual remembrance day of Shri P N Panicker, the father of Library and Literacy Movement in Kerala.
Started as a Reading Day Celebration on 19th June, 1996, by the Govt. of Kerala along with P.N. Panicker Foundation it has become a mass movement to promote to culture of reading so as to inculcate the habit of reading and promote book mindedness among school children, youth as well as the underprivileged population of the country. Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, came down to Kerala and launched the 22nd National Reading/ Digital Reading Month Celebrations on 19th June, 2017 at Kochi. The Prime Minister gave a clarion call to propagate the message of Vayichu Valaruka (Read and Grow) to 300 million Indian citizens by 2022 when the country celebrate its 75th year of independence. The Prime Minister directed P.N. Panicker Foundation to promote digital reading also so as to use digital technology in all educational tools of the country.
The Government of Kerala and the Government of India through NITI Aayog has entrusted the responsibility of observing National Reading/ Digital Reading Month Celebrations to P N Panicker Foundation and P N Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra.
The 24th P N Panicker National Reading Day/ Digital Reading Month Celebrations were celebrated across all the States and Union Territories from 19th June to 18th July 2020 in digital mode was a commendable one in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic spread. A brief report of the 25th National Reading/ Digital Reading can be seen from here: Click Here. The 23rd National Reading Day/ Digital Reading Month celebrations organized in 2019 had a resounding success which reached all the 28 states of the country and 9 Union Territories with a tally of 160 million population.
The 25th - the Silver Jubilee Year - P N Panicker National Reading Day/ Digital Reading Month Celebrations 2021 are being celebrated as previous years in collaboration with Govt. of India, Ministry of Education, NITI Aayog, National Digitial Library of India (NDLI), Govt. of Kerala, P.N. Panicker Foundation, P.N. Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra and other various stakeholders from 19th June to 18th July, 2021. Like last year, this year also a variety of reading related activities will be conducted on-line and some of them include: