Bandipora book fair: despite digital temptations, students are encouraged to read more
Bandipora book fair: despite digital temptations, students are encouraged to read more

On Thursday, speakers at a two-day book fair sponsored by the International Delhi Public School (IDPS) in the Bandipora area of north Kashmir exhorted attendees to read more books in the face of advancing technology and excessive smartphone usage.

Owais Ahmad, the Deputy Commissioner of Bandipora, who opened the book fair, emphasised the value of reading books for “concise and easy” reading. According to him, the rise of technology and the usage of smartphones in the classroom have produced a “problem of plenty” that has resulted in “attention and patience issues and incompetence in grasping the details.”


He said, “It was not a good sign for the future generations.” He suggested using reading clubs to promote reading-smart behaviours. He also emphasised the value of literature and the virtues of novel reading. Since “education is going through a transaction phase,” according to G N Var, president of private school education, it is crucial to inculcate reading habits in children.

In order to completely execute the New Educational Policy, he said, it was crucial to keep pupils engaged with their reading. Var concurred with Mohammad Amin Beigh, Chief Education Officer of Bandipora, who said that technology had “significantly reduced the desire to read books in youth.” It has also impacted creative thinking, which may be rejuvenated by reading habits, he said.

Speaking during the occasion, the speakers expressed worry, saying, “Libraries are deserted, which is not a good sign.” To maintain students’ inventiveness, they said that it was essential to pique their interest in reading.

Masood Ahamd Malik, the principal of Bandipora Degree College, said that even religion has underlined the value of reading and that the Quran’s first revelation was “Iqra,” which means to read. Malik added that “it started a journey and swept the whole world off its feet.”

He said that reading in whatever format is good for you. We, as administrators, have fallen short of our students’ expectations, he said, adding, “We, as parents, have also fallen short, and there was a need to make sure kids were reading, in whatever form.”

In order to motivate students and young people to read and reignite their book-reading habits, he added that digital books should be made accessible to them.

The Chairman of the IDPS, Fayaz Ahmad Ganie, said the aim of the event was to revive “traditional book reading habits.” On this occasion, the students were also given a chance to act as entrepreneurs who helped sell the merchandise. It motivated us to set lofty goals, read widely, and succeed in life. Azmat Jan, a pupil in the fifth grade, said.



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