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February 20, 2017

The Centre for Governance and Policy in collaboration with Quality Enhancement Cell of Information Technology University (ITU) under week long “Library Week” celebrations will hold special event on the International Mother Language day, tomorrow, February 21, 2017 at 3rd floor Arfa Karim Software Technology Park’s auditorium at 4.30 pm, which will include discussion on Heer by experts from different universities and men of letters will share their views and thoughts during the seminar. School of Humanities and Social Sciences is a major partner for this program. The program will help promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Ms Sara Kazmi, from LUMS will conduct a discussion on Heer while Timur Afghani, DJ and Singer will present vocal with instruments. Ms Pippa Vardee, Faculty Humanities and Social Sciences at ITU will chair the closing ceremony and conclude the event.

Sara Kazmi teaches Punjabi poetry at the Gurmani Centre for Language and Literature at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She worked on the progressive Punjabi movement in 1970s Pakistan. She has also performed extensively with the Sangat theatre group since 2009, which is a voluntary group that performs street theatre in Lahore and other parts of Punjab.

Earlier, on the first day of Library Week celebrations, practical training sessions by A&J Def Tek Consultants Islamabad and their foreign partners were conducted. A&J Deftek consultants provided hands on training on use of digital library. Digital library provides access to more than 30,000 electronic journals dating back to 1800. IEEE explore is considered as one of the largest database of engineering and computer science journals, proceedings, books and these are considered as bible for engineering sciences and technology. Students were also trained to use ebrary that provides access to 160,000 full text electronic books.

Scopus is world’s largest indexing database of electronic journals and only a few universities in Pakistan and abroad are subscribing to this comprehensive but expensive database. One of ITU’s Sciento-metric lab use this database for its research projects.