Three-day book fair begins at KU -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Three-day book fair begins at KU

KARACHI, March 17: The vice-chancellor of the University of Karachi, Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, has stressed the need for inculcating reading habit in society.

He was speaking as chief guest at the inauguration of a book fair on Monday organised at the campus.

The vice-chancellor said that the coming government should pay more attention to the improvement of higher education and the budget for this vital sector should also be substantially enhanced.

Dr Pirzada stressed the need for practical steps must be taken to ensure an effective medium of instruction and for the promotion of the national and provincial languages.

The Naib Amir of the Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan, Prof Ghafoor Ahmed, urged the students to fully concentrate on their studies. He hoped that the new parliament would enhance the budgetary allocations for the education sector.

The JI leader deplored that the education sector had never remained a priority of the rulers of the country.

He stressed the need for the implementation of a uniform educational system throughout the country.

Prof Ghafoor was critical of frequent load-shedding in the metropolis and urged that the University of Karachi should be spared from this so that the academic process could continue without any interruption.

A former MPA, Younus Barai, KU Students Adviser Dr Nusrat Idrees, and Furqan Ansari also spoke.

The three-day event has been organised at the gymnasium of the Karachi University under the auspices of the Islami Jamiat Talaba.

A number of publishers have established their stalls and more than 6,000 students visited the fair on the first day.
Source: Dawn
Date:3/18/2008