25 April 2016

World Book & Copyright Day: Cambridge University Press organises workshop on Book Publishing for city school students and teachers

On the occasion of World Book & Copyright Day on 25th of April, 2016, Cambridge University Press organised a workshop for city school students from Classes 6-8, along with their teachers. The workshop took the students on a fascinating journey of a book from conceptualising to publishing. The students were inducted to the procedures pertaining to copyright and permissions and later also encouraged to share their thoughts on an ideal textbook.

Speaking about the workshop on World Book & Copyright day, Mr Ratnesh Kumar Jha, Managing Director, Cambridge University Press South Asia said, "It is rightly said that 'A book is the force for creating and sharing knowledge and wisdom'. It is important for students to develop the respect and understanding of how high quality content is created. Through this initiative we want to familiarise them with the publishing industry and in the process pay homage to people who have contributed in paving the way for the literati. We are very proud to create this one of a kind platform for Delhi students and would like to take this forward in other cities as well in future."

As a part of the programme, the inducted students will now take their leanings back to school to share with fellow students during morning assembly or a brief classroom session. Some of the schools which participated included Shriram Millennium, Ahlcon International School , Step By Step , Maxfort , Manav Rachna Faridabad, Pathways Aravali , GD Goenka , DPS R.K. Puram, Excelsior American School, Gurukool and Bluebells and many more.

Significance of World book & Copyright Day, as stated by UNESCO

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It was on this date in 1616 that Shakespeare, Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, all the veterans of the literature world, left the forthcoming generations a legacy. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon , Halldor K Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejla Vallejo.

It was a natural choice for UNESCO’S General Conference (held in Paris in 1995) to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date. The motive was to encourage everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. In this regard, UNESCO created the World Book & Copyright Day.

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