ISLAMABAD: A three-day long book festival started at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) aiming at to strengthen library network and develop book culture. According to a press release, a number of writers, publishers and sellers of books from various parts of the country were participating in the festival arranged by AIOU Central Library. While inaugurating the festival, Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Siddiqui said the university was trying to provide online library facilities. Scanning and uploading of over 5,000 theses on internet has been completed. The festival was part of the university’s efforts to promote research-based and social-literary activities. A library, Dr Siddiqui further said, serves as best information provider and it is considered a brain of any educational institution for research work. Any civilised society is known by the book-reading habit of its people, he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2016.
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