Few days ago I was a big supporter of Punjab’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s initiative of distributing laptop computers to the deserving students (on merit) of various colleges and universities inPunjab. I was also of the view that this would enhance their research capabilities further.
Last week my kids asked me to get them membership of our council’s public library in Merrylands, Sydney where we live and they attend their school. On their insisting I took them and my spouse to the library. To my surprise they made all of us their members free of cost. I was also highly impressed when the lady on the counter informed me that we could take as many as books with us and there were no dues for that.
Upper section has been equipped with good number of computers connected to high speed internet, where school going children make their assignment. I was glad to see that many students were doing combined study in the library. Library has a large number of books, CD’s, DVD’s and Bluray movies which you can rent with your membership card.
Book reading has been my all times hobby. We learn a lot by reading books written by the successful personalities. When I was in Pakistan, I always dreamed becoming member of some library, but could not do so. However now I understand that libraries can play a great role in research and development of a nation. It was far better if Punjab’s Chief Minister had made 10 pubic libraries in the large cities of Punjab so that the students could get benefit from them. Computers could be provided there with licensed software installed on them. Moreover members could be provided services of photocopying, printing, scanning and fax at subsidized rates so that they feel good in visiting libraries regularly. Generous organisations and personalities can be contacted for donating books and other things.
This would have been a great contribution towards the building of nation. Now I can see that awarded laptops would be used mainly in playing games, and watching movies and other unsuitable material. Some of the students may sell them for making money. There would be no benefit of them at all in conducting any research work.
I therefore request Mr. Shahbaz Sharif humbly that he and his team must think 100 times before announcing such a large scale initiative.