LAHORE – Like the other parts of the globe, educational institutions of the provincial metropolis observed World Book and Copyright Day on Monday.

Punjab University Department of Library and Information Sciences organised a seminar and walk to mark the day.

While talking to the participants of the seminar, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said all the good things were associated with books and it urged human beings to think. He said books polished qualities of human beings and study habits increased vocabulary. He advised the students to adopt reading habit because quality of the people matters rather than quantity.

Chairman Punjab Education Foundation Raja Anwar, DLIS Chairperson Prof Dr Kanwal Amin, Chief Librarian Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif, PULISAA President Shahid Saroya, columnist Hassan Nisar, librarians and a large number of students participated in the event.

PEF Chairman Raja Anwar said that the culture of tolerance must be promoted in the society and book writers must be given liberty to write. He said he himself had to re-write phrases because sometimes bitter realities dig out when one went into the depth of matters. He said quality of book was based on quality of reader and only those people loved books who wanted to learn new things. He urged the parents to promote reading habit among their children. He said free libraries had been set up for 5 to class 10 students and it was compulsory for them to remain in library for one hour once a week.

Prof Dr Kanwal Amin said that according to statistics, increase in electronic and printed book trade had been witnessed as compared to the previous year in United States. She said that it rebutted a misconception that the invention of internet had reduced book reading habit. She said that if books were not necessary, then why Google was digitizing hundreds of thousands of books? She said the only matter was promotion of study habits.

Later, “Book Lover Award” was distributed among the top ten book users of Punjab University and Raza Hameed of University Law College, Rashid Ali of College of Engineering and Emerging Technologies and Faizan Ali of Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology stood 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Earlier, a walk was held from Department of Library and Information Sciences to Institute of Education and Research and Undergraduate Study Centre. A large number of teachers, librarians and students, holding placards and banners, participated in the walk.

Meanwhile, The Government College University Library Society celebrated World Book Day with an aim to promote the habit of book reading. The celebrations began in the morning from the Vice Chancellor’s office where students pasted a badge of World Book Day on the shirt of Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Khaleequr Rahman. GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed was also present.