Head ofthe School of Humanities & Social Sciences atthe University oPNG Professor Betty Lovai said academics at universities need to do more publications to level withthe ther main functions ofthe institutions.
She madethe remarks atthe recent launch of a new Literature text book titled Transition & Transformation written by academic Dr. Steven Winduo.
It was a momentous occasion for UPNG, where senior members ofthe administration and academic arms, includingthe Vice Chancellor were present.
The launch was primarily for Transition & Transformation, a textbook authored by writer/scholar Dr. Steven Winduo for the Literature & Politics class, a compulsory course for both Literature and Political Science students’
Prof. Lovai said much attention has been spent on running universities and managing student affairs, that too often academics neglecttheir research and publication responsibilities.
Onthe ther hand, Vice Chancellor Prof. Albert Mellam saidthe launch ofthe publications was proof thatthe research and publication culture at UPNG was alive,
Forthe author Dr. Winduo, he was proud thatthe book he started writing during his Master’s studies in 1990 was finally out.
It was a rare appearance of ther writers like Russell Soaba, whose book Wanpis had been reprinted 36 years after it was first published.
Another scholar Dr. Bernard Minol talked about his book Ofisa Pokep, written in Tok Pisin aboutthe nation building roles that police officers played during colonial era.
The textbook Transition & Transformation will also be used at Universities inthe South Pacific.