Special Correspondent

Schools and colleges in Guntur to celebrate the event

GUNTUR: Several schools and colleges in Guntur will be celebrating The World Book and Copyright Day on Friday.

The day is celebrated throughout the world to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. Some libraries are felicitating students or youth borrowing good number of books, while book houses are giving an extra rose along with any book they buy as a welcome gesture.

This is a symbolic date, April 23, for world literature as on this date in the year (1616), Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died.

It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors like Maurice Druon, K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

For paying tributes to authors and book lovers, UNESCO's General Conference chose this date, encouraging everyone, in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who had furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.

Teachers' Constituency MLC K.S. Lakshman Rao, reminding the origin, said in Catalonia on April 23, Saint George's Day, a rose was traditionally given as a gift for each book sold.

Success of the World Book and Copyright Day would depend on the support received from parents, students, authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media.

Expressing dismay at the lack of interest among a majority of students to visit libraries to prepare their notes, he said partially some people producing guides (shortcut for reading books) were responsible for students even not touching their textbooks, which was a dangerous trend.

‘No substitute'

Technology cannot substitute for book reading, he said. Any Broadband Internet connectivity cannot provide the same treasure as a well- maintained library, Mr. Lakshman Rao opined. He wanted the government to take extra care to maintain the regional and district libraries better.

Book publishers also need to come out with low-priced paper-back editions for students, he added.