The Punjab government has decided to install digital library main server at the office of Punjab Information Technology Board in Arfa Kareem Tower, to provide the facility of download costly textbooks and relevant helping material.
This was disclosed by Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan while talking to President Pakistan Libraries Association Punjab Dr. Muhammad Ramzan during a meeting here Friday. The Minister said that all public sector colleges and four thousand government schools out of 55 thousand in total where computerized labs have already been set up will be linked with the digital library during the current fiscal year.
He said that in the second phase, the process of linking more than 50 thousand public sector schools of the province with the digital library will be completed.
Dr. Muhammad Ramzan said that a software data base of two lakh text books has been developed for the educational institutions and is ready for free uploading. He said that the cost of textbooks of 9th and 10th classes come to Rs.26 crore but government institutions will be able to get these two lakh books online free of cost.
Rana Mashhood while accepting this offer directed to constitute a special committee to review the database of 200 textbooks so that no material against Islamic ideology or violating copy rights and intellectual property rights should become part of this online data. The special committee will comprise renowned educationist Prof. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Additional Secretary Schools Education Ahmad Ali Kamboh, Deputy Secretary Higher Education Ali Bahadur Qazi and Chairman Punjab Textbooks Board Nawazish Ali.