Books of Australian Author released at MIER

JAMMU: A book launch function was organized at Model Institute of Education and Research (MIER) for Australian author, Bill K Koul in order to release two of his books.

The chief guest on the occasion was Prof. Rajni Dhingra, Dean Research Studies, University of Jammu and Dr. Rekha Koul Dean International, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University, Australia was the Guest of Honour on the occasion.

Dr. Adit Gupta Director MIER welcomed the distinguished guests and thanked Bill Koul for choosing MIER as a venue for this literary activity.

Dr. Gupta introduced the author to the audience as an engineering consultant by profession, a humanist and philosopher by nature, and a writer by passion.

He is a Fellow and Chartered Professional Engineer of Engineers Australia, Fellow of Australian Institute of Management and an APEC accredited engineer. He has worked on engineering projects globally, in more than 35 countries of the world.

The two books namely 'A Bouquet of Random Thoughts' and 'Does India Need A Dictator' to Rescue a Sinking Ship were released by the Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour.

Bill K Koul described both his books to the audience.

The first book provides the author's thoughts about life, humanism, education, gender equality, politics, liveability and sustainability of the world as an assortment of articles, passages, one-liners, and poems, wrapped with a number of thoughtful and beautiful illustrations. The second book focused on India's sustainability.

It has been written with the intent to provoke debate across the country. It is an expression of the author's feelings, personal observations, and deep concerns about India's very survival.

The author believes the current political infrastructure in India is inadequate in truly addressing the issues that seriously undermine the country-increasing population, dwindling liveability, environmental degradation, corruption, poor education of the masses, poverty etc.

He believes a significant transformation in the political infrastructure is necessary to address those issues.

On the occasion, Dr. Arun K Gupta, Chairman MIER presented the review of the book, Does India Need A Dictator, and said that the book presents the internal feelings, voice and frustration of the author seeing the state of affairs in India.

He is concerned about how India will survive if her leaders refuse to talk about the burning issues such as overpopulation, rights of women, uniform civil code, religious fragmentation, or corruption that eating away the vital resources.

The book also touches the issues in Kashmir and their root cause. The review of the second book, A Bouquet of Random Thoughts, was presented by Dr. Renu Gupta Vice Chairperson MIER.

She said Bill through his thought process has discussed about life, humanism, education, gender equality, politics liveability, and sustainability even the very survival of our world "The Planet Earth". All these have been presented in the form of an assortment of articles, passages, poems and one liner.

The basic idea of the book is to mirror humans - their behaviour, attitudes, and inclinations towards one another as well as focus on larger picture of theircharacter, affiliation patriotism, value systems, and beliefs towards their country and world at large

At the end, a memento was presented to the author by the Vice Chairperson MIER as a token of appreciation.

The programme ended with a vote of thanks after which the author signed books for the students and faculty of the college and urged them to read his ideas and provide valuable feedback to him regarding the various aspects discussed in the books.

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