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Oxford University Press celebrates 60 years in Pakistan

Oxford University Press celebrates 60 years in Pakistan

15 November 2012

OUP celebrated 60 years of publishing in Pakistan today with a series of events at its head office in Karachi.

Celebrations included the inauguration of a mobile library, the opening of a museum, and the launch of the branch’s latest academic title, The Class Structure of Pakistan by Taimur Rahman.

Since it was founded, OUP Pakistan has played a pivotal role in raising the standards of education and scholarship in the country, and the anniversary allowed it to celebrate and build on its successes. OUP’s Pakistan branch was established in 1952, within five years of the creation of the country, becoming Pakistan’s first British publisher.

The new Oxford Mobile Library is designed to develop a library culture among the underprivileged children of Pakistan. Many of them have little exposure to reading materials, and the library is aimed at getting them into the habit of borrowing, reading, and caring for books.  

The OUP Pakistan Museum and Archives project was designed to preserve the branch’s history and heritage for future generations. A book outlining the six decade history of the branch was also unveiled by Hamid Haider and Sandra Rodrigues, two of the longest serving staff members of OUP Pakistan.   

Today it has a head office in Karachi, two regional offices, and a wide network of 14 bookshops spread across the country. It employs more than 300 people and publishes more than 200 titles every year ranging from school textbooks and higher education resources to academic titles, dictionaries, and reference works.

It further contributes to educational and intellectual life in Pakistan through teachers’ resource materials, seminars and workshops, book fairs, and supporting events such as the annual Karachi Literature Festival and the Children’s Literature Festival.

Ameena Saiyid OBE, Managing Director of OUP Pakistan, said: 'The milestone of 60 years was a good time to take stock and pay tribute to those who have helped build OUP Pakistan, including its managers, staff, and authors. The project showcases our achievements and challenges.'

For more information see the OUP Pakistan website.