Book fair at Punjab University

LAHORE: A three-day Book Fair was kicked off at Punjab University on Thursday amid rift between PU Administration and Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) for holding of the event.

Hundreds of students, teachers, and people from all walks of life, thronged to the book fair to quench their thirst for knowledge.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the fair being held in the main corridor of Institute of Education & Research (IER), New Campus. PU Syndicate members, head of various departments, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. The Book Fair will continue till (tomorrow) Saturday.

Talking to media after inaugurating the book fair, PU VC said PU administration had been organising the book fair for five years and the number of visitors has been increasing every year.

As many as 158 renowned publishers, book-sellers, IT companies and career-counseling centres have established their stalls and are selling local and foreign books at 10 to 50 percent discount.

On the other hand, Islami Jamiat Talaba claimed that the event was being organised by them and inaugurated by Jamaat-e-Islami leaders including Hafiz Salman and Fareed Ahmad Paracha.

Shahnila Tariq, a teacher at PU said the varsity administration had arranged the book fair in short time but it had done well.

Habiba Tariq and Hina Qaiser, both students, were of the view that PU administration should have informed the students about the book fair a week before. Hina added that novels outnumbered the books, which was a sad sign as students needed more books than novel to horn their abilities.

When asked PU VC as why university could not inform students a week before the start of the book fair, he replied “I was out of the country that may be the reason.”

A resident officer (RO-I) Javed Sami talking to The News said 176 stalls had been set up at the fair adding the total collection of the books was around 500,000.

Heavy contingent of police have also been deployed at the book fair to avoid any untoward incident.