ISLAMABAD – A two-day long Annual Book Fair 2014 earmarking a message very loud and clear that read books least you lose wisdom was finally concluded at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, today on November, 14, 2014.
The Annual Book Fair was arranged by the NUML Office of Research, Innovations and Commercialization (NORIC) in which a total of twenty (20) established book publishers/vendors showcased the wide variety of books on the topics including literature, linguistics, Management Sciences, Engineering, Information Technology, International Relations, Mass Communication, Islamic Studies and Economics. Dr Inamul Haq Javed, Managing Director (MD) National Book Foundation (NBF) was the Chief Guest while Dr Muhammad Javaid Iqbal, Director Library Higher Education Commission (HEC) was the Guest of Honour in the closing ceremony. The closing ceremony was also attended by Director General (DG) NUML Brig Azam Jamal, Director NORIC Dr Karamat Ali, Additional Director Library Fazal-e-Razzaq and othr Deans, Heads and officials of the university.
Speaking at the occasion MD NBF, Dr Inamul Haq Javed, said books taught one logic, wisdom and moderation. This book fair brought books for students, scholars and faculty members at their door steps as it might be a very challenging task to go to a book shop, select a book, purchase and enjoy it. This book fair provided you chance to find books of your taste at your door step.
Dr Javed said that NBF assured that in next such event NBF would actively participate by bringing book loves, book hunters, book ambassadors together at one place and it would be a great attraction for all. While throwing light on the projects of NBF, he said that NBF had reached understanding to establish a Book Shop in the universities which would provide the books recommended by teachers and students on very good concession on their campus.
He said Books on Wheel was a mobile library of NBF and it had a very festive look and it would be taken to different place to promote book reading. He said Confucius Institute was successfully functioning in NUML and with the consultation from both the institutions, NBF would also get the work of Chinese scholars translated in Urdu.
Director NORIC Dr Karamat Ali speaking at the occasion said NORIC was established in September 2014 and the Book Fair was its first initiative. Under NORIC other initiative includes Research and Publication Cell under which we planned to get our PhD scholars research published. University had produced more than 350 thesis and they would be onlined for the use of other researchers. Moreover, we had Translation and Interpretation Bureau, Alumni Association, Career Counseling and NUML Writing Resource Centre. Soon these all initiatives would be producing fruitful results for the promotion of higher education and research in the university, he added.
An MPhil scholar Adnan Ashraf while commenting on the book fair said “The love for books reflects the level of maturity of a nation. Annual Book Fair 2014 organised by NUML provide an opportunity to the students to get access to recent research in diverse disciplines”. He said “it also highlights the zest with which efforts are being made to familiarize students and research scholars with the modern approaches and to further enrich the database at the campus”. “Such events should be a norm in order to present an alternative image of our society”, he added.
Lastly, Dr Inamul Haq Javed and DG Brig Azam Jamal distributed the participation certificates among the book publishers and vendors and appreciated their long consistent efforts to make this event successful.