Lahore : VC Punjab University Lahore Mujahid Kamran inaugurates Book Fair 2011 on Thursday, May 12, 2011 (Express 13-5-2011).
LAHORE: Around 14,000 students, teachers and people from all walks of life visited the Punjab University Book Fair on the first day of the annual three-day event on Thursday.
As many as 150 renowned publishers, book-sellers, information technology companies and career-counselling centres have established their stalls and are selling local and foreign books on a discount of 10 to 50 percent. A large number of eye-catching banners were also seen all around the campus with one banner reading, “Love to books and no to violence and weapons”. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was scheduled to inaugurate the ceremony, however, he was unable to come due to some prior engagement. PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the three-day book fair.
Later, the VC visited various bookstalls and also purchased some books. Talking to the media, he said the purpose of organising the book fair was to provide high-quality books to students, teachers and visitors on discounted rates, so that the habit of book reading could be promoted among people. Kamran said being a teacher, he felt that students lacked confidence in expressing themselves, so by reading books they could reduce their deficiencies while learning new words. University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Dr Mubashir Hassan also visited the book fair and said the activity was a positive step taken by the varsity. At some stalls, publishers also distributed free books to the visitors. Fauzia Tabbasum, an undergraduate student, said that the book fair had provided students with an opportunity to purchase their course books as well as extra-curricular books at the lowest prices. She said that this was proof of the fact that the varsity administration had adopted a knowledge-friendly policy. Islami Jamiat Taliba (IJT) activists, who claim that this activity was originally initiated by them, and usually try to manipulate the annual activity, did not disturb the peaceful environment of the fair on the first day. Although contingents of local police and university guards were deployed to control any untoward situation, but the fair went on peacefully.
This year the PU administration did not allow setting up of announcement stalls, where traditionally loud speakers were used to make announcements on the arrival and departure of renowned personalities and also for their addresses to the participants. A senior administrative officer told Daily Times that this decision was taken to bar political activity and misuse of the announcement stall because every year the IJT used to take control of this stall.
Note : This book fair will continue until tomorrow (Saturday, May 14, 2011)