vcLAHORE: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has called upon the national leadership to provide subsidy on books and copies to promote reading habit in society.

He was addressing a seminar organized by PU Department of Information Management in collaboration with PU Library, Alumni Association and National Book Foundation on Wednesday. On the occasion PILAC Director Dr Sughra Sadaf, Chief Librarian Haseeb Ahmad Pracha, renowned journalist Wasif Nagi, Department of Information Management Chairperson Prof Dr Kanwal Ameen, faculty members and a large number of students were present.

PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the world was a battlefield and the great nations were under the control of world’s financial elite that wanted to establish one world government enslaving mankind.

He said that around 1.5 billion Muslims of the world had almost no share in creation of new knowledge. Dr Sughra Sadaf said that parents must develop reading habits among their children. She said that we must allocate budge for purchasing books. She also presented two books as gift to Prof Dr Kanwal Amin.

Similarly, Wasif Nagi also said that Internet and mobile phone had created distance between the people and the books.

He said that reading habits widened our vision and changed our minds. He said that good libraries must be set up at school level. Another speaker, Dr Kanwal Amin stated that there was need to do research that why reading habits were not being developed in young generation. She said that book-reading culture reflected the attitude of a nation.

Later, Mujahid Kamran distributed Book Lover Award among top ten PU Library users. Earlier, Dr Kanwal Amin has led a walk in connection with World Book and Copyright Day from the department to IER to Al Raazi Hall.