islamabad - Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) yesterday urged for producing skilled youth to boost the development process in the Muslim world.

The IIUI President amid his visits to the various faculties and departments of the university, hailed the faculties’ performance and urged to further promote culture of research, said a press release here.

He joined the Board of Faculty meeting at Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences. Dean of the Faculty, Dr Muhammad Sher and other officials were also present on the occasion.

Dr Al-Draiweesh showed satisfaction over the performance of the faculty and directed the relevant officials for taking innovative and constructive steps such as research projects and arrangements of seminars.

Meanwhile, the IIUI President also visited the Faculty of Management Sciences where he was briefed about the ongoing activities of the Faculty. Dr Muhammad Bashir Khan, Vice President IIUI accompanied him during the visit. He lauded the initiatives of conferences and seminars taken by the faculty and stressed that such activities be continued in future.

Later, Dr. Al-Draiweesh also visited the transport section where he met with the staff and hailed them for vigilant duty. He said that university is heading towards the right direction with the collective efforts of all the university departments.

Later, Dr. Al-Draiweesh also visited the bank situated at female campus where he directed that students must be facilitated on priority basis and all the constraints be curbed as soon as possible. The IIUI President also visited the cafeterias of the university and directed that hygienic food must be provided to the students.

 Meanwhile, the National Book Foundation (NBF) has started a number of schemes for boosting the book reading habits among the students and general public. An official of NBF told APP that the Foundation has established a number of clubs including, general book club, travellers’ book club, Hospital book club, Prisoners free mind book club, which provide a very conducive environment to public for developing book reading habits. He said the NBF also conducts book fairs, festivals, publishes books of local writers and entertainment magazines besides providing books at discounted rates.

He said that 55 percent discount is available at NBF sales outlet and 50 percent on other prescribed book shops for the registered members throughout the country. He said that NBF has been publishing books relating to history, culture, and national leadership to promote the soft image of the country.

He said that NBF has also established a number of libraries including, children library, women library, general reading library and national book museum.

The NBF has also launched `mobile book vans’ service, in which, public is being provided with their favorite books at their door steps.

He said that NBF take books on wheels to educational institutes and on holidays, to parks and recreational places. “NBF has also signed a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with various universities and other organizations for opening up of new book shops at their premises,” he added.