DERGAON, April 27 - Though technology is used in all day-to-day activities, it has some limitations. Inspite of rapid development of technology, the importance of printed words cannot be ruled out.
This was the view of Pradip Bora, retired headmaster of Sanmilit High School while delivering his presidential speech at a symposium on �Future of Books� held on the World Book Day at Dergaon recently.
World Book Day was observed under the aegis of NGO Aashray in association with Proficient Career Counselling at the Aashray office premises.
Aashray secretary Sanjoy Kumar Hazarika said, the World Book Day was started by UNESCO in 1995 with a view to create awareness about books among readers, publishers and for protecting copyright.
Another speaker lamented that the decline of quality of Assamese books published in recent times was one of the major reasons for decrease in the sales of books.
Prasenjit Khound of Golaghat Civil Hospital said the lack of interest in reading books among the young generation was a cause for concern.
While Mandip Ranjan Khound, block programme manager of NHM, Missamara Primary Health Centre, cited the quality of the writing of Sayed Abdul Malik with special reference to his work Matir Chaki, literary activist Rajib Hazarika stressed on awareness among the youth to inculcate the reading habit instead of spending time on smartphones and mobile internet.