LAHORE - “Development of personality, clarity of vision and creative thinking is not possible without love with books” was the upshot of speakers at a seminar “My Books, Myself and My Personality” held at Punjab University to mark the World Book Day yesterday.

Unfortunately, the speakers said, the new generation has left reading books which eventually will affect their personalities’ development. All great men of history were great thinkers and they were book lovers, they further said.

The speakers urged the students to focus on the study of books rather than relying just on internet and use of modern technology.

Interestingly, a book-reading oath was taken from the audience by NBF Lahore Centre Director Nuzhat Akbar. Sajjad Mir, a journalist, Professor Khwaja M Zakria, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, a number of teachers, librarians and students of different departments took part in the seminar.

Addressing the participants, Prof Kanwal Ameen stressed the need of inculcating book reading habit from childhood by parents, schools and public library facilities. She said the Internet is not a cause of less reading as it also has countless books and other reading material. Rather it’s our culture that doesn’t develop book reading as a habit, she held.

Sajjad Ali Mir said that we must make habit of reading books because it is a fundamental requirement regardless of our position. “It is not about one day; we need to learn more from our learned personalities and read their contribution,” he added.

“Development of one’s personality is not possible without reading; all great men used to read books. If you want to see the progress of any nation you can see the publications of that nation,” said Mir.

He further stated that books not only teach us but they also spread happiness or change our lives.

Prof Zakria pointed out that without reading and knowledge we cannot succeed. “Our, students, teachers need to read on all kinds of subjects. Literature reading must be part of education,” he urged.

He mentioned that Allama Muhammad Iqbal got recognition in east and west due to his knowledge. “The education is useless if it doesn’t develop our thinking, personality and create curiosity to ask questions. The role of teachers is very important in this regard because teachers are like role models for the students,” he added.

The chief guest, Prof Mujahid Kamran, concluded that reading provokes thinking and creates knowledge. “We can’t succeed without reading.If we want to develop as a nation we must focus on gaining knowledge and engaging in research,” he told the students.

Gifts of books by NBF were distributed among the top ten library users and Speakers by the Worthy Vice-Chancellor, followed by the refreshments. The participants bought books from the NBF stall.