Islamabad - National University of Modern Languages (NUML) arranged 2-day annual book fair to revive the tradition of book reading among the young, particularly students.

The annual book fair was arranged by the NUML Office of Research, Innovations and Commercialization (NORIC) in which a total of sixteen book publishers showcased a wide variety of books on the topics including literature, linguistics, management sciences, engineering, information technology, international relations, mass communication, Islamic studies, history, economics, corporate social responsibility, Pak-China relations and translation and interpretation, says a press release issued here yesterday.

The chief guest Executive Director Higher Education Commission Dr G Raza Bhatti along with Rector NUML Major General (Retd) Ziaud Din Najam inaugurated the book fair. Director General NUML Brig (Retd) Azam Jamal, registrar, directors and other staff members also attended the inaugural ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, ED HEC Raza Bhatti said there was no greater pleasure than reading books in one’s leisure time.

The current boost in technology has made it easier for students to get access to the e-books of their interest but the pleasure and the contentment connected with the hard copy of a book was inexplicable.

Sharing his views on the occasion, Rector NUML Major General Ziaud Din Najam said that this is NUML’s second book fair and NUML is committed to bring the students again in libraries rather than wasting their time on cell phones or other new era devices. He said that NUML is not against the modern devices but their negative use has badly affected the habit of reading books. “These kinds of book fairs can play a key role for revival of library culture and hence we are committed to bring book reading culture in our university,” he said.

Gulfam Khan Khalid, manager university industry linkages of NORIC, while talking to media persons said the purpose of this book fair was to promote academic and non-academic reading habits among students. 

A large number of students visited book fair on the first day and showed their interest in different books. The annual book fair will remain continue till today (Tuesday).