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Literature in school education a must for meaningful life: NBT Chairman

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The National Book Trust chairman, Govind Prasad Sharma, here said that children need to read literature as part of school to earn a successful and meaningful life.

Speaking at 'Scrapbook 2019 Children's Publishing Conclave', organised by FICCI, here Friday, Sharma said that while technology can give children a successful career, literature was needed to build a sense of cooperation in them.

"Sahitya (literature) is vanishing from and schools. There is no language section in Class 11 and 12. And, the focus on science and technology may give the child a successful career and a job but literature can build a sense of compassion, sympathy and cooperation among the children," he said.

He urged the publishers of children's books to create content that may help them go beyond working for self and family by contributing towards society.

"Literature gives the wings of imagination even to a scientist for great works," he added.

Based on the theme of 'Diversity of Content', the conclave explored possible collaboration between children content creators, publishers, offline and online service providers, teachers, parents, children, and policy makers.

Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director - NCERT, said that it was important to bring a "complete change of mindset" to make children innovative.

"It is a matter of great concern whether the society is preparing a good human being, a good citizen despite most of the children scoring above 90 per cent in studies. For this, a complete change of mindset is required to destress the children and make them innovative.

"Knowledge construction will be done by the children themselves, but we will have to create the conducive environment. We will have to facilitate and encourage divergent thinking for innovation and creativity among the children," Senapaty said.

FICCI, in partnership with Grant Thornton, will be preparing a survey-based study on book buying behaviour with a chapter on children's books, the organisers announced.

"The maximum impact on mind happens in early age and publishers have a huge business opportunity in children's literature to provide customised and diverse content on different platforms both for school text books and leisure reading," Ratnesh Jha, Chair, FICCI Publishing Committee and MD, Cambridge University Press, said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, August 10 2019. 17:35 IST
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