Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) is planning to develop a mobile app with features equivalent to a library.
Since public and private organizations including schools and libraries have been closed due to smart lockdown, a large number of readers accessed Punjab Digital Library for reading, research, and writing purposes.
Keeping this in view, Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) is planning to provide online facilities and services by developing a mobile app with features including e-Books, Digital content, e-Catalogue, and secure online free and paid reading facility.
For this purpose, PITB signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with nine organizations including Urdu Digest, Ferozsons, Afaq, Evolve, Hina, Jugmag, V-Shine, Model Mag, and She Magazine to launch an e-library app containing educative and informative digitized content.
PITB Director-General e-Governance Sajid Latif signed MoUs on behalf of the board at Arfa Software Technology Park in Lahore, on Tuesday.
The content on the app will include encyclopedias, books, and periodicals. PITB will also launch a paid reading facility for the latest publications.
On this occasion, PITB Chairman Azfar Manzoor said that the purpose of this initiative is to promote reading culture among the youth by giving them digital access to a range of publications.