Senate’s Standing Committee endorses AIOU’s educational initiatives

ISLAMABAD: Senate’s Standing Committee on Education and Professional Development has appreciated and endorsed the ongoing and future initiatives of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) for facilitating its students in their educational pursuits.

The committee at its meeting held here on Wednesday at the PIPS hall of the Parliament Lodges lauded the AIOU’s steps taken during the last three years for upgrading the educational facilities, particularly for those living in the country’s far-flung regions.

The meeting, presided over by Senator Rahila Magsi was also attended by Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Mohammad Baligh ur Rehman, Chairman, HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor AIOU Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayyed, Senator Sehar Kamran and Senator Azam Khan Swati. It appreciated the comprehensive briefing on the University’s performance, working and achievements, given by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui.

On the occasion, Senator Sehar Kamran and Senator Rahila Magsi announced to donate free land to AIOU for setting up regional campuses. Senator Azam Khan Swati also offered to support AIOU in terms of Physical facilities in KPK.

The Committee’s Chairperson Senator Rahila Magsi said, they are pleased and highly satisfied with the AIOU’s performance and achievements in educational sector. She hoped it would keep up its efforts further improving its overall educational system and learning management.

The University’s research-oriented and community-based academic programs are highly commendable. The members also underlined the importance of massive online open courses, and noted that the University has already taken initiatives to this effect.

The Senate Committee also lauded the Vice Chancellor’s special initiatives regarding provision of free education to prisoners, setting up accessibility centers for the visually impaired students and launching of community-based services.  It expressed satisfaction over the University’s financial management system and hoped it will maintain its sound budgetary position.

The members of the Senate Committee took keen interest in different projects of the University and asked pertinent questions.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Shahid Siddiqui gave comprehensive briefing on the University’s overall learning management system. He briefed them about the AIOU’s on-going academic programs and new initiatives in the field of research, professional development and online learning and said, it met the challenges of the time improving literacy rate and taking education to the door-steps of the people. Dr. Siddiqui gave detailed presentation on AIOU.

He elaborated the initiatives taken under his leadership in the areas of research, professional development, students’ support system, revision of curricula and textbooks, delivery system and social responsibility.

The Vice-Chancellor apprised the committee that AIOU is publishing 14 research journals in different disciplines of Arts, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. He further apprised that these efforts will eventually have a broader impact on the national development of the country.