A book is a man’s best friend and if a human being, engrossed in reading, is left on lonely planet, with a book for company, this loyal friend, Mr. Book, will function as a real “friend in need” and kill the person’s loneliness, as well as open new horizons of thoughts..
Thus, to inculcate the habit of keeping this loyal friendship, the Gujarat Govt. under the thoughtful leadership of Hon. C.M. Shri Narendra Modiji, has encompassed the unique movement, “Vanche Gujarat”. On the occasion of Golden Jubilee birth year, of state of Gujarat, the Gujarat Govt. has gifted this novel gift to people, to better their exposure around the world and initiate progressive thinking among them.
The program me of “Vanche Gujarat”, began in January 2010 and will continue till August 2011. In Gujarat, there are 45,518 schools of 1st to 12th class and 1,09,32,781 total numbers of students as well as 2,88,973 teachers. The number of library in the state is 4534. The motive to initiate this programmed is to unable the 25 lakh students of 15,000 schools of the state to read about 1 crore books among them, to conduct 15,000 motivation meetings as well as lead “granth yatra”, to conduct, 2500 “Vichar Vanchan Shibir” to encourage the youth to involve themselves in the habit of reading. About 10,000 judges will be imparting their service to bring about wind of change in the thinking process of tomorrow’s Gujarat. As an encouragement booster, the prizes worth 338.75 lakhs have been distributed among 11,000 collages, which will initiate student as well as teachers to form a reading habit.
Under this exclusive scheme, the citizens of the state have also been covered. The agenda is to initiate the citizens to buy at least 10 books for their homes, present books as gifts, each home comprising of a home library and people of the state become members of public library, which in turn kick off the tendency to instill the reading habits among them.
The entire Vanche Gujarat program has been bifurcated in two portions. Under the first part, the discussion forum, consisting of reader’s favorite books and the facility of exhibitions and book fair as well as formation of “Chalo Jeevan Badliye” [Lets change lives], will be surveyed.
The students and the children will get an opportunity to be part of the debate regarding his desired book and have a question-answer session on the same. The 21st century is a symbol of knowledge and learning. The pace of life is exemplary and to keep up with this pace, the youth dash off at twice as fast speed and in the process, lead the lives deducting any purpose. Such a situation, is the sum total of lack of role models, whose lives path would inspire the youth to mark a commendable progress, both economically and socially. Under the “Chalo Jeevan Badliye” plan, the information regarding 750 great achievers would be endow with.
The Best Reader competition, will be conducted in three rounds. In the first round,1000 to 1500 children, from each part of the Taluka and about 10,000 to 15,000 students from every Taluka, will participate. The 10 students, from every part of each Taluka, will be represent ting their zone at district level. The first five students from every district will be part of state level competition. The contest will have one reviewer for each 25 participant. In the first round, at Taluka level, the assessment will be conducted on the basis of grasping power of the contestant. The first round of contest will take place in November 2010 and the second round will be in December 2010. The first three winners of the first round will be part of the final round. The final round will take place in February 2011 and during the finals, the students will get a chance to do an interaction with the learned and visit book fairs. The cost of entire plan will be approximately 2.25 crores.
To enable the student, to make a choice of role model and to enthuse themselves on the correct path, the one day Vichar Vanchan Shibir will be conducted. Approximately, 2.5 lakh students will be imparted training in this shibirs. Each Shibir will benefit 100 to 150 students. One resource person will carry out three such Shibirs and thus all together 800 to 900 resource persons will be needed.
The role of “Granth Sarthi”[readers driver], will be to initiate and inspire more and more students to partake and will guide them in selection of books as well as to acquire them. Each Taluka, will conduct a session to train the Granth Sarthi and this will enable about 50,000 teachers to perform as Granth Sarthi.
The Talukas, not having flourishing library facility, will accomplish this with the concept of Public-Private partnership.
Thus, the citizens of Gujarat will step forward their Golden feet in worship of Ma Sarswati.