Oxford University Press (OUP), a department of the University of Oxford and a leading publishing house, donated their Platinum Series of books to the Karachi Press Club Library. The activity was commemorated through a brief ceremony held at the Karachi Press Club (KPC). The event was organized to highlight OUP’s contribution to promoting books and the reading culture in Pakistan.
The Platinum Series was published by OUP in celebration of Pakistan’s 70th anniversary. The series comprises around 70 titles focusing on Pakistan and covering a broad spectrum of disciplines: from history, gender studies, economics, sociology, and politics to literature, art, culture, anthropology, and much more. Written by renowned academics and experts in the relevant fields, these books showcase Pakistan’s rich, varied, and evolving history.
Arshad Saeed Husain, Managing Director, OUP, while sharing his views said, “I am pleased to present our Platinum Series to the Karachi Press Club (KPC) Library as it is completely in line with our objective of delivering continued excellence in spread of education, research, and scholarship. We are committed to improving the intellectual content of life in Pakistan. KPC represents the voice of the city and the journalists are playing their role as key opinion leaders and intellectuals of our society. We acknowledge the contribution of and the important role being played by the media in fields of education, literature, culture, and tourism. All these areas are of great importance to us and we hope that this gesture will go a long way.”
Saeed Khawar, Secretary, KPC Library Committee, said on the occasion, “We welcome this contribution by Oxford University Press as it will truly add value to the KPC Library. Karachi Press Club is the hub of journalists covering a vast number of beats and having access to such a broad spectrum of books is definitely a positive way towards responsible journalism.”
Arman Sabir, Secretary, Karachi Press Club, said “Highlighting the importance of education, literature, and culture requires collaborative efforts from all stakeholders including government, regulators, academia, the media fraternity, and the private sector. It is only when we have synchronized our efforts, will we be able to combat the rising education crisis in the country. OUP, being the leading publishing house of Pakistan, is on the right track as they are playing their role towards a collective action approach.”
Saeed Sarbazi, Vice President, Karachi Press Club, said “Putting importance of education and spread of literature on the agenda is the first step towards socio-economic growth for Pakistan. This will lead to education quality and standards, something which OUP has been working towards since their inception. I would like to thank OUP for such a significant contribution to our library.”