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St Joseph Women College, Karachi, one of the most prestigious educational institutions of the country, celebrated the World Book and Copyright Day 2013 in a befitting manner by holding a programme, with the collaboration of the Pakistan Library Club (PLC), at their campus.
Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, Founder President, Library Promotion Bureau (LPB), Karachi, and Founder Chief Editor, Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ), was the chief guest on the occasion.
Agha Masood Hussain, a former Sindh Minister and a renowned journalist, Mohammad Wasim Zia, Lecturer, University of Karachi and Mumtaz Memon, former Chief Librarian, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET) were the other guests of honour who shared their views with the audience.
All the learned speakers were unanimous in highlighting the importance of celebrating the World Book and Copyright Day, hoping that such initiatives will be helpful in awakening educationists, administrators, leaders and library authorities.
Samreen Fatima, Chief Librarian, St. Joseph's Women College, delivered a comprehensive presentation, starting with the theme of the World Book and Copyright Day 2013 ‘Reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright’ and following it up with the aims and objects of the day.
“The World Book Day is a celebration. It’s a celebration of authors, translators, books and most importantly it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world,” she emphasized.
Samreen Fatima described the World Book Day as a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all.
“The success of the World Book and Copyright Day depends primarily on the support received from all parties concerned: authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media,” she noted.