June 19 Observed as Reading Day in Kerala

Kerala observed June 19 as Reading Day on the occasion on P.N. Panicker commemoration.Puthuvayil Narayana Panicker is known as the Father of the Library Movement in the Indian state of Kerala.

The Education Department, in association with the Information and Public Relations Department and the P.N. Panicker Foundation celebrated yesterday as  the Reading Day.Also the week from June 19 to 25 would be observed as Reading Week.

The activities of the Kerala Grandhasala Sanghom which was initiated by P. N. Panicker ignited a popular cultural movement in Kerala at the end of which the state acquired total literacy in the 1990s.June 19th is observed as Reading Day as he passed away on the 19th.

In 1977 he founded the Kerala Association for Non-formal Education and Development (KANFED). KANFED was highly instrumental in starting the Kerala State Literacy Mission which leads Kerala for its total literacy movement and Kerala became the first State which won total literacy.
He died on 19 June 1995, at the age of 86.

At last the Government of Kerala stepped in at accept the contributions of P.N. Panicker and ordered to observe 19 June annually as Vayanadinam (Day of Reading) with a week-long series of activities at schools and public institutions to honour the contributions of P.N. Panicker to the cause of literacy, education and library movement.