Sunday, May 29, 2011

Punjab University Book Fair attracts large turnout

Jumbo Editorial Team

Thousands of people attended the Punjab University Book Fair 2011 held recently at their new campus in Lahore with quite a few dignitaries gracing the occasion on the third and final day.

Noted politicians Jahangir Badr, Tanvir Ashraf Kaira and Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, alongwith the famous poet Amjad Islam Amjad and columnist Dr Ajmal Niazi visited the Book Fair. Kaukab Nadeem Warraich, Syed Noor and Raja Munawar were also prominent among those in attendance during the three-day event.

A large number of research scholars, faculty members and students from the various educational institutions visited the Book Fair and availed the chance of purchasing books of their interest at a discounted price. As many as 15,000 books were estimated to have sold on the first day while there were reports of the sale 18,000 books on the following day.

The Punjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, appreciated the efforts of administrative officials, faculty members and students for having made the book fair a success. He remarked that the purpose of organizing book fair was to promote book reading culture in the society and ensure the provision of books on unbelievable discounted rates to book-lovers at one place.

He said that knowledge was the real source of power and the educated nations were enjoying power and respect among the comity of nations while backwardness was the destiny of illiterate nations. He stressed the need to allocate at least four percent of the GDP for education for a respectable survival among the advanced countries.

Amjad Islam Amjad expressed great delight, adding that research culture must be promoted and those nations who did not focus on research were now far behind. He reminded that the heritage was also found in the shape of books.

Dr Ajmal Niazi observed that creation was based on two things; first teacher and second book. He said the book knew who was reading it. He said that such positive activities must continue to keep the book culture alive.

Jahangir Badr conceded that positive activities like this book fair were the dire need of the society and the Punjab University administration deserved appreciation on providing books on discounted prices for the promotion of reading in the society.

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