PESHAWAR - The Islamia College, Peshawar and the National Book Foundation will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishing a bookstore at the campus to facilitate teachers, students and booklovers for purchase of standard books on concessional prices from the market rates. This was in principle agreed upon between Vice Chancellor of Islamia College, Peshawar Professor Dr Qibla Ayaz and Resident Director National Book Foundation, KP Murad Ali the other day. The VC also inaugurated a book fair at the lush green ICP campus in which around 3,000 books have been put on display. The NBF in collaboration with ICP has organised the books fair for students and teachers of the university. The Registrar, Prof. Dr Sareer Badhshah, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr Nasidar Mohammad and a good number of students were also present on the occasion. The book exhibition will continue till May 9 from 9 am to 5 pm.The VC, while inaugurating the book fair, highly appreciated the efforts of NBF in promotion of a book-based culture and strengthening reading habits in the country. He eulogised the efforts of NBP, KP branch for organising book exhibitions in the educational institutions of the province. He expressed the hope that the students, teachers and booklovers would get full benefit of book exhibition at the Islamia campus. He also called upon the heads of teaching departments to choose books of their requirement from the book-list of NBF for departmental and main libraries of the ICP. Murad Ali, Resident Director of NBF told that he was in contact with his high-ups to translate the desire of the vice chancellor for establishing a NBF bookstore at the ICP campus into a reality. He also informed that the NBF under its Readers Club scheme was providing books to readers on concessional prices ranging between 50 to 55 per cent. The ultimate objective, he added, was to promote a culture of book reading across the country. Earlier, Prof. Dr Qibla Ayaz, on the second day of his visit programme, went round social sciences faculty teaching departments, including Law & Shariah, Urdu, Islamic Theology, Political Science, Pak Studies and Geography. He exchanged views with the chairpersons, teaching and ministerial staff. He asked them to introduce new courses and start working on the feasibility of new departments in accordance with national and global needs. He assured all-out cooperation on the part of the university in materialising these objectivesThis news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 08-May-2014 here.