Launch of the four-day book fair at UAF – Newspaper

TOBA TEK SINGH: The 7th Lyallpur Art and Literature Festival and Book Fair kicked off Monday at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) as part of the ongoing spring celebrations.

Students from 30 universities and colleges across the country are expected to attend the festival. A large number of people came to the festival on its opening day.

Prof. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, VC of UAF, and Senior Tutor Dr. Shoukat Ali inaugurated the festival.

Speaking on the occasion, the VC said that we must spread the scent of literary activities in society so that the nation can move in the right direction. He believed that the festival would not only provide a platform for students to hone their abilities, but also create a competitive environment. He said that different literary activities were organized under one roof for the literati.

Dr. Shoukat Ali highlighted the cultivation of literary culture, calling it the need of the hour. He said that literary activities could open new avenues of progress and become a force to spread the message of peace.

The festival features more than 20 competitions including Qirat, Naat and Essay competitions, Bilingual Declamation, Mushaira, Punjabi Takra, Quiz, Virsa Music Festival, Photography, Art Competition, Poster Drama, Drama, Short Film, Documentary , business ideas and thematic photography competitions.

Senior Property Management Officer Dr Qamar Bilal, Treasurer Umar Saeed, Prof Dr Jafar Jaskani, Shahbaz Talib Sahi, Dr Samar Abbas Naqvi, Dr Athar Javaid, Dr Tahir Siddique, Dr Nadeem Abbas, Dr Asim Aqeel, Librarian Umar Farooq, Dr Haroon Zaman, Dr. Anwarul Haq, other faculty members and a large number of students attended the first day of the festival.

Meanwhile, a four-day book fair also opened at UAF’s main library. Thirty-five publishers from all over the country set up their stalls in which 60,000 books were displayed at reduced prices. Books on art, science; agriculture, engineering, literature, Islam, science, history, fiction and biographies are for sale there while a children’s corner has also been set up. A large number of students, residents, teachers, researchers and book lovers visited the book fair.

Inaugurating the book fair, the UAF VC focused on promoting the culture of reading in society, addressing the decline of book culture. He said that in the modern era where gadgets have become an essential part of our life, the importance of printed books is still intact.

Librarian Umar Farooq also spoke.

Posted in Dawn, March 29, 2022

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