The Senate of Pakistan has renovated its old library. An impressive inaugural ceremony was held here which was attended by senators and other important personalizes. The upgraded library has access to over 10,000 books related to the law and Constitution.
Some of the added features in the renovated library include:
- new computer systems with state of the art gadgets, accessories,
- new databases for research journals,
- cabin for researchers,
- exclusive data bank of research papers,
- legislative briefs,
- committee research,
- subscription for online book stores,
- up-gradation and customization of existing TLS,
- revamping of Senate Library webpage,
- integration of e-data / E-books modules in Senate library website
- development of software for archival of debates,
- audio and video database with various search options besides many other features / options.
It is worth mentioning here that the new library’s revamping and refurbishment project was completed with the cooperation of UNDP, UK Aid, CDA and School of Art, Design and Architecture (SADA), NUST.
Chairman Senate, Mian Raza Rabbani who was chief guest on inaugural ceremony, expressed his satisfaction that two important projects have been completed with the assistance of the youth of Pakistan which include Gali-e-Dastoor and extension of the Library. He acknowledged the cooperation extended by the House Business Advisory Committee during this process. He said that a strong Parliament contributes towards strengthening the federation. Chairman Senate appreciated the cooperation of the Senate Secretariat, Secretary Senate, UNDP, UK Aid, SADA (NUST), CDA and others in the library project which has been completed in a very short span of time.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has also reiterated his resolve to make the institution of Senate vibrant and to continue the struggle for strengthening democracy in the country. Senate Chairman expressed these views while inaugurating the Senate Library after its complete revamping and refurbishment at the Parliament House on Wednesday.
Deputy Chairman Senate Moulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri lauded Mian Raza Rabbani for his contributions and the steps taken for making the House of Federation vibrant and the Parliament more assertive. Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Muhammad Zafar ul Haq termed it a positive step and said that revamped library would provide better services to the parliamentarians and assistance in legislation. Leader of the Opposition Senator Atizaz Ahsan observed that libraries are a source of providing important information and knowledge to the new generation.
Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik observed that expansion and improvement of the Senate library was long overdue, however, under the guidance of Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani the challenging task has been accomplished in a record time of less than six months. He said that with the completion of this project the strategic plan of actions aimed at bringing dynamism and excellence in the stature and reputation of the Upper House as the House of Federation and national unity have now started to yield the envisaged connectivity with intelligentsia, academia and other segments of the society.
Secretary Senate further said that futuristic planning and judicious use of available resources are some of the driving principles of Pakistan Senate’s new development paradigm, developed in harmony between the political and administrative leadership. Key decision making forums like the Senate Finance and House Advisory Committee stand completely revived and the Secretariat of Senate is galvanized toward playing a proactive role in implementation of all initiatives, Secretary Senate said.
It is worth mentioning here that National Assembly has its own library and the both libraries can access by senators/parliamentarians, staff of senate and National Assembly, scholars and journalists. The library will also hold all the scrip of questions that have been asked during the sessions.