National library to be made as center of knowledge: Irfan Siddiqui

Government of PakistanNational library to be made as center of knowledge: Irfan Siddiqui

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage (NHLH) Irfan Siddiqui Wednesday said the division was formulating a comprehensive programme to make National Library of Pakistan as a hub of knowledge through bringing improvements in its services and functions.

Speaking with library’s officials during a meeting, he said the programme would help to promote book reading culture among the students and extend maximum facilities to the visitors of the library.

The Federal Secretary NHLH Division Aamir Hasan, Joint Secretary Syed Junaid Ikhlaq and other officials of the division and library were also present in the meeting.

In his presentation, the Director National Library of Pakistan Syed Ghyour Hussain gave a detailed overview of the history, functioning, performance, future plans and the issues being faced by the library employees and students.

Irfan Siddiqui directed the officials of the library to present detailed report of purchased books during the last three years, exact number of library books and the methods of preservation of books in the next meeting.

The adviser said library was an essential segment of our culture and civilization and the division would take measures to equip this library with modern facilities, as per international standards.

The meeting was informed that the library had total collection of 300,000 books and also published 47 volumes of Pakistan National Bibliography from 1962 to 2015.

The library had also registered 2800 publishers under International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) system since 1985 and facilitated 227710 readers since 2002.

It is pertinent to mention here that the NLP has become an attached department of NHLH Division.

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