New Delhi: In a noble initiative, the Haryana government on Monday launched ‘Reading Mission-Haryana’ with the prime focus on inculcating the habits of reading among students of higher educational institutes. An announcement to this effect was made by Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal. He said that under the new initiative, extra time will be allocated to students for a discussion on book reviews and reading of newspapers.

“We have launched an initiative ‘Reading Mission-Haryana’ to promote reading habits among students in higher educational institutes. Under this initiative, time will be allocated for discussion on book reviews and reading of newspapers and books,” Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal said.

Talking further about the new initiative, the minister said the initiative has been taken by the state government as reading helps develop social values of egalitarianism, tolerance, and justice among students.

He also added that the Reading Mission- Haryana goes in line with the Central Government’s ‘Reading Mission 2022’ which aims at addressing the lost art of reading books.

The minister further added that the book review session once in a month will be held under the new initiative. “A 45-minute mass reading program should be held in classrooms in which all students, teachers, non-teaching staff and the Principal will read newspapers or books on the fourth Saturday of the month,” he added.