The book fair will be implemented with the active cooperation of book publishers and sellers in all the government schools on a rotation basis. The programme is being organised to give the students an exposure to the treasure of books outside their syllabus, in a bid to enrich their general knowledge.
A senior official from the Education department said that the government has conducted mobile fair in few government schools that received good response from the students. “We are holding discussions with publishing agencies across the state. We have also constituted a committee comprising experts to select book that suits the students,” the official said.
According to him, the mobile fair will be available from primary till secondary level. Each mobile book fair will contain about 1,000 books that includes comics as well as books on science, history, English and other subjects.
Moreover, the official said that latest English magazines will also be subscribed. “It is expected to improve the knowledge of English and vocabulary among the students,” he said.
“We are also holding discussions regarding the discount to be provided for the purchase of books so that students tend to buy it,” the official said, adding that many publishers showed interest in giving discount. “The discount figure will be worked out soon,” he added.
During the first phase, about 25,000 government schools will be covered. “Schools in the rural areas will be given priority,” he said, adding that a circular will be issued for the selected schools to allocate space for organising the book fair.
Further, the official said that mobile fair will be conducted during the week-ends so that classes are not affected. A nodal officer will be appointed in each district for organising and monitoring the fair in his region.