The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) celebrated World Book and Copyright Day at the campus last week. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor IUST, Prof Mushtaq A Siddiqi underlined various benefits of book reading. “People should devote more time to reading in order to stay safe from the health issues like Dementia. The real pleasure comes from books,” Prof Siddiqi said.
Registrar IUST Syed Reyaz Rufai who is also the librarian of the varsity gave an insight on importance of books. Deliberating upon the role and significance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in libraries, he presented a brief report about the new technological implementations in the upcoming library building in the university. The event witnessed several lectures from many dignitaries. Justice (Retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani who was the guest of the honour, delivered a speech on lack of reading habits among people and the “worrisome” rise of smart phone usage.
Noted columnist Zahid G Muhammad dealt at length with the copyright and royalty issues in J&K, with emphasis on the “lack of good publishing houses in J&K”. Dean Academics IUST, Prof A M Shah delivered a lecture on the copyright issues along with the usage of e- resources. Dean Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof A S Bhat in his speech on book reading expressed concern over the lack of reading habits among people, especially youth. Senior assistant professor in department of library information sciences of Kashmir University, Dr Sumeer Gul gave a detailed presentation on the publishing and copyright issues.