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International Conference on “Transformation of Knowledge Repository into Knowledge Economy”

1st Day Highlights | 19th September 2019

Minhaj University Lahore Department of Library & Information Sciences in collaboration with Pakistan Librarian welfare Organisation(PLWO) in coherence with Knowledge Partners Pearson, Springer and Emerald Publishing has initiated two days mega- conference, first session on September 19th at Minhaj University Lahore.

Dr. Muhammad Aslam Ghauri, Vice-Chancellor in his welcome address said,’’ Hope this conference will be the university’s initiative of a hallmark milestone in the sphere of library & Information sciences and collaborations to promote the basic objectives of libraries in this age of technologies. I extend from the core of my heart to all participants, distinguished guests and international speakers for sparing their precious time to grace this conference with utmost interest and enthusiasm.”

Mian Muhammad Aslam Iqbal, Minister of Information Punjab stressed, ’In Pakistan, the sector of Information Technology is yet undeveloped. The present government on the pattern of “Ease of Doing Business” strategies are coining ways to uplift this sector especially in sphere of Library and information sciences on new-fangled ways.’’

Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfaraz, Minister of Higher Education endorsed the efforts of Minhaj University Lahore to always conduct such productive conferences which provide immense opportunities for the participants to assimilate knowledge by interacting with international and national speakers. He added, ’It is integral to promote research culture in an educational system which is only possible to upgrade the importance of libraries with latest technologies.’’

Dr. Fazal Khalid, Chairman Higher Education Commission said that PHEC is exploring all ventures to give a blend of modern knowledge to the private sector by creating new forums and by the digital revolution and thus striving to bring government on one page for fostering the resources to make accessible modern knowledge to remote areas of Pakistan.”

Mr. Kazim Ali Syed, Chief Organizer (PLWO) thanked Minhaj University for providing the grand platform to share experiences of International & National speakers and to reflect upon and review the latest trends in the sector of libraries.

Mr. Salim Razi, a Keynote speaker, Vice Dean,(Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turersity, Turkey) emphasized on the need, ’to provide real samples cases from predatory journals and conferences to highlight the primary aim of accruing financial profit rather than contributing to the production of knowledge. This would promote institutional integrity by discriminating predatory publishers.”

Dr. Muhammad Shahid Soroya Pro-Vice-Chancellor said, ’this conference will play indeed a significant role to reflect the multidisciplinary systems from initial concepts to the modelling and simulation of the role of librarians and their actual implementations in universities.

Dr. Hussain Mohi-ud- Din Qadri ,Deputy Chairman BOG- MUL while expressing words of thanks to all said, Minhaj University objectives of such conferences is to furnish a chance to get to know the fresh ideas of scholarly respectability and role of libraries, and to look into ways of improving the scholarly use of ICTs in libraries and interdisciplinary collaborative activities.

The conference proceeded with Panel Discussions with Topic bearing,’’ Bridging the Gaps Between Theory and Practice.” The Panelists, Dr. Khalid Mahmoud (University of Punjab) Prof. Dr Rubina Bhatti(Islamia University, Bahawalpur)Dr.Muhammad Tariq(COMSATS,Lahore) Dr.Haroon Idrees( University of Sargohada) Syed Ghayour Hussain(Director-General, National Library Pakistan concluded that due to drastic changes in world landscapes, overlapping of Disciplines, life styles practices and in our spectrum of studies it is time that we should try to bridge the gap between theory and practice with modern technology.’’

Mr..Zaheer Ahmad the Conference Secretary expressed his gratitude to all the participants , distinguished Guests and folded his expressions by saying,"Minhaj University is conducting this conference with clairvoyance contemplation that it would culminate to foster cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders, challenges, debates, learning and optimizing the contribution of scholarly research, innovative over-growing programs and novel strategies in academia of libraries

Dr. Saira Hanif Soroya,Assistant Professor Punjab University felt delighted to be in the galaxy of Intellectuals and remarked"

It is relatively pathetic to note that in this era of ever-growing technology, the relationship between libraries and the prospective readers is deteriorating gradually. Ostensibly, this mega Conference would strengthen, reinforce and revitalize the role of Liberians and information professionals to support and create a methodology of libraries that caters users’ needs and wants."

2nd Day Highlights | 20th September 2019

The Grand International Conference(ICRKE-2019) conducted by Minhaj University, Library& Information Sciences department in collaboration with Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organizations(PLWO) proceeded towards a closing session with the Conference Synthesis And Declaration duly declared by Dr Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri, Deputy Chairman BOG-MUL.

The Deputy Chairman while concluding the ending session said,’’ role of libraries in modern age can be well defined by an analogy by a popular mantra edging from the history of Arabs, “where Egypt was writing, Lebanon was publishing and Iraq was the reader. ’It draws that promoting the culture of book reading through Libraries in this era needs collective efforts. There should be complete harmony among writers, publishers and readers. Technology has changed the global landscape of Libraries, but, in Pakistan landscape is still orthodox. It should be unceremonious.”

He announced, “ Minhaj University is bringing revolution in this sphere by a Robotic Research-Oriented Library.it would be first ever in Pakistan. In coming times Minhaj University and Minhaj Education Society Under the flagship of Minhaj-ul-Quran International will be pioneer and trendsetter to disseminate the culture of Libraries by holding Library Festivals in more than hundred cities of Pakistan. The crux of Knowledge is to share so the today's conference major objective is to exert efforts to work on the Transformation of Knowledge on novel ways of Repository into Knowledge.

Finally, the Deputy Chairman concluded the declaration with suggestions, ’’there should be a binding liaison among library schools, associations and librarians. Furthermore, on-job training is much needed to meet information professionals’ challenging role. This requires self-motivation, employer’s interest and encouragement.it is integral that policymakers should facilitate the organizations to redesign their information services and to fill the vacant positions in different organizations.”

Dr. Prof. Kanwal Amean vice-chancellor(Home Economics University., Lahore) urged, ’Change is the key to acquire knowledge. To build a Knowledge Economy,we must create a culture of sharing knowledge through libraries by bridging the gap between readers, libraries through our academia. It is only possible through self-motivation and self-learning by changing our attitudes and acknowledging developing libraries in newfangled ways.”

Dr. Prof.Mohammad Nizamuddin(former Chairman HEC) emphasized,’’ to promote the culture of book readings on modern lines we must make it a part of the syllabus at the primary level. In Pakistan, the library means just a Cupboard to keep books. The conditions in government institutes in this respect is pathetic. It needs to be revolutionized. It is high time for the government to pay heed to this sector; otherwise, we will be still living in the stone age of library culture’

Dr  Muhammad Shahid Soroya Pro-Vice-Chancellor. MUL expressed deep gratitude to all for participating in the conference and appreciated the efforts of organizing committee and Conference Secretary Director Library Zaheer Ahmad on his committed devotion for making the conference symbolic. He lauded the support of worthy Deputy Chairman and Vice-chancellor in this respect,