Monday, June 13, 2011

Adab-o-Kutub Khana emerges on horizon

Jumbo Editorial Team

The 124-page Adab-o-Kutub Khana, compiled by Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, has recently been published by Bazm-e-Akram, a forum of literary giants founded to pay tribute to Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, one of the founding fathers of Library and Information Science in Pakistan.

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, who was appointed as the first lady lecturer in the Library and Information Science in Pakistan by Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari in June 1975 and went on to become the first lady chairperson of the department at the University of Karachi, has also been a prolific author and compiler with nearly 40 publications to her credit and still going strong.

Adab-o-Kutub Khana is a unique compilation for it’s a collection of poetry, drama, interviews and essays plus the survey report. It’s quite commendable how so much of high quality reading material has been put together in a matter of one hundred or so pages.

Dr Jamil Jalibi, the most famous of intellectuals in the country, has penned the preface to the book in which he has thrown light on the importance of the language of Urdu whose popularity, he reckoned, continues to grow.

He has lavishly praised the spirit of the students of Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari for according the due respect to their beloved teacher, whom they have been holding in very high esteem throughout their lives.

While introducing the book, Prof Dr Nasim Fatima has recalled her was appointment in the Library and Information Science of Pakistan when by Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, who proceeded abroad soon afterwards, was heading the department.

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, who has always spoken and written very highly of Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, has demonstrated great admiration for her teacher by having a survey conducted about his personality and whose report has been included in Adab-o-Kutub Khana to make it memorable publication.

Adab-o-Kutub Khana, worthy to be recognized as a must-read book, contains contributions from Basharat Ali Khan Afridi, Arman Akbar Abadi, Mohammad Wasil Usmani, Dr Shafqat Bukhari, Dr Shama Aziz, Dr A H Kousar, Saima Qadeer, Sohail Danish, Dr Rais Ahmed Samdani, Jamaluddin Akhtar, Asif Ilyas, Dr Atiya Owais, Zain Siddiqui, Iqbal Farooq Qamar, Fatima Hasni Khayal, Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, Abdul Samad Ansari, Muzaffar Warsi, Dr Nasreen Shagufta, Dr Nigar Sajjad Zaheer, Dr Moinuddin Aqeel, Ikram-ul-Haq, Nazia Mukhtar, Rafia Abidi, Dr Zarin Ilyas and Dr Mughees Ahmed.

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