ISLAMABAD:The office-bearers of Academic Staff Association (ASA) of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) took oath of their office at a ceremony held here for a period of two years.
Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyum administered the oath.
Addressing the ceremony, he announced that Open University of UK and University of London will soon launch joint degree programs, enabling their students to enrich themselves with new academic standards and contemporary needs.
They were in process of negotiation with the UKs Universities for the joint degree programs, assuring, this would be in accordance with the markets needs and new academic requirements, he added.
It is the first-time that the AIOU would be introducing joint degree programs in collaboration with the foreign institutions.
The VC announced that the Universitys academic discipline would be improved to achieve the target of quality education.
He added that providing an enabling working environment and better facilities to the academic staff and employees would be their top priority.
With the approval of their Executive Council, their medical allowance has already been doubled, while they have been granted Open-distance Learning Allowance, for the first-time in the Universitys history. Through this, a substantial increase has made in their salary.
He announced that faculty development program would also be initiated for upgrading their working status. While doing so, the relevant rules and its rationale would be kept in view, he added.
The VC hoped that academic staff and the employees would be their helping hand in bringing about qualitative improvement in the varsity’s overall working and providing best possible facilities to their students.
The ASAs office-bearers including President Dr. Fazalur Rehman and General Secretary Dr.Zia-ur-Rehman Baluch in their speeches and thanked the VC for recently taken steps for their welfare, and assured that they would fully stand by him in carrying out Universitys development.