ISLAMABAD: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and National Book Foundation (NBF) plan on working together to promote the publication of books and reading culture so as to provide academic input to the students in their educational pursuits.
Both organisations can publish academic books and allied material, said NBF Managing Direction Dr Inamul Haq Javed while speaking at the university’s ‘Mulaqat’ (dialogue) programme here on Thursday.
The event was the first of a series of dialogue to interact with eminent personalities initiated by the university.
Javed said AIOU’s academicians could act as their leading partner for publication of books of students’ interest and promoting research and innovative study. He said the university’s academicians will be welcomed to seek NBF’s membership and avail its research facility. He assured that the students of AIOU will also be facilitated in their research work.
He underlined the need for strengthening peoples’ links with the books in order to promote knowledge-based society and meeting the new challenges in the educational field. He said the books served as best source for creative and innovative learning.
Dr Javed, who had earlier served as the chairman of the Pakistani Languages Department, further said he was looking at the prospects of increasing trend of book publications, as number of editions of knowledge-based and literary books of eminent authors increased since he joined the institution. Being the author of about 50 books, he received very encouraging response, he added.
He noted that AIOU’s contribution in promoting Pakistani languages particularly at the higher educational level has been outstanding.
The event, arranged by the Department of Pakistani Languages was also addressed by its chairman Dr Mohsina Naqvi, Prof Abdullah Jan Abid and Dr Abdul Wajid Tabassum.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2015.