The president of the Indian council of cultural relation Dr. Karan Singh stressed the need for value- based education in the country to help younger people to imbibe positive values.
At the inaugural session, Francois Richier, the Ambassador of France for India, condemned the extremes elements, who burn books and manuscripts of the literary works they disagree with. He cited the example of several libraries being set on fire by Al-Qaeda in Timbuktu.
"About 23 countries, including China, USA, Poland, Turkey and four international agencies are participating in this event. For the first time, special enclosures have been made for govt. participants where publication will be made available. A special enclosure for e-books has been made where publishers, developers and content providers will be showcasing their e-books. There is also provision of author’s corners and initiative to promote business to business session between the publishers. Several literary events including seminars, discussion and book release have also been scheduled," informed a press release of the MHRD.
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