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AIOU launches associate degree programme in commerce
Islamabad, Feb 01: The Allama Iqbal Open University's (AIOU) Department of
Commerce has launched an associate degree programme in commerce in eight
different disciplines, including accounting and finance, hospital
management, human resource management, marketing management, banking and
finance, IT management and tourism management.
launch, AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi said that they
had allocated Rs 40 million for developing networking to implement the
programme in a well-coordinated and efficient manner. "All these
programme are being gradually put on the website for online teaching so
that a maximum number of students could be benefited through it."
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President Muhammad Touseef Zaman,
AIOU Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Rashid A Naeem, senior
officers of the university and large number of students were present at
The vice chancellor said the university would seek the
cooperation of the chamber of commerce and industry for establishment of
an advisory board to facilitate the students in their future career
"The AIOU is laying special focus for proper training on the
human resources, in this connection a special Directorate of Technical
and Vocational Education has been set up to educate the students on the
subject of business administration and public service sector."
AIOU, he said, had already launched nine schemes including students'
support fund, earn to learn scheme, educate-a-child scheme, merit
scholarships, scholarship for communities, scholarship for women and
special scholarship for disabled students to support its poor and needy
students through scholarships and fee-concession.
function, Muhammad Touseef Zaman said that the AIOU had improved its
status and quality of education and it became the first priority of the
people, "the credit for which goes to the incumbent vice chancellor who
introduced various skilled-base courses as per the need of commerce and
He assured the vice chancellor that the Islamabad
Chamber of Commerce and Industry would support the AIOU graduates of
associate degree programme in getting job home and abroad.
Rashid A Naeem also spoke on the occasion. Dr Syed Muhammad Amir Shah,
the in charge of the department of commerce, gave a brief overview of
the programme, its objectives and market requirements at the inaugural
ceremony of the associate degree programme.
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AIOU approves record annual budget
Islamabad: The Executive Council of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)
has approved a record budget of Rs 4.65 billion for promotion of its
academic activities and support students for higher studies. At a
meeting, presided over by AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Ahmad Sangi, an
annual development budget amounting to Rs 1.8 billion was also approved.
The council paid rich tribute to the vice chancellor for establishing
financial discipline, achieving self-reliance in meeting AIOU's
recurring and development expenditure as well as promoting transparency
in the university's overall working and its administration. It was noted
that the growth in the Endowment Capital during the recent years was
about 178 percent which was dedicated to the expansion of infrastructure
network. The council also noted that there has been a record increase
in students' support fund in the recent years, which was a "quantum
leap" from its previous Rs 60 million – four years ago – to its current
Rs 160m. The increase made under this head is about 800 percent, while
there has also been rapid students' enrolment in the recent years. The
council member, Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, n his brief remarks said the
university had made "unprecedented growth" in its development and
academic activities in the recent years, crediting this tremendous
output to incumbent vice chancellor who has made "untiring efforts for
the development of education in the country and providing strong
financial support to the poor and deserving people".
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AIOU approves 9 schemes to give financial aid
Islamabad: The executive council of the Allama Iqbal Open University
(AIOU) at its meeting held on Wednesday approved nine new schemes for
providing financial support to the poor and needy students, enabling
them to continue their future study.
It also approved a record budget
of Rs 4.65 billion for the current year, with an action plan further
promoting its academic activities and facilitating its students.
The meeting was presided over by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi.
who were present in the meeting included HEC Executive Director Prof Dr
Mukhtar Ahmed, senior officer of the Ministry of Education Tariq
Janjua, Radio Pakistan Director General Samina Pervaiz and local MNA Dr
Tariq Fazal Chaudhry.
The council also approved its annual
development budget amounting to Rs 1.8 billion. The financial growth to
this effect was about 24 per cent that was unprecedented in the
The meeting paid a tribute to the vice
chancellor for establishing financial discipline, achieving
self-reliance in meeting their recurring and development expenditure, as
well as promoting transparency in the university's overall working and
It was noted that the growth in the endowment
capital during the recent years was about 178 per cent, which was
dedicated to the expansion of infrastructure network, introducing latest
technology in educational system and providing financial support to the
The council also noted that there had been a record increase in students' support fund in the recent years.
allocation of the fund was Rs 60 million four years back, which has now
reached Rs 160 million. The increase made under this head was about 800
There has also been rapid students' enrolment in the
recent years. At the start of the tenure of the present vice chancellor,
it was 1 million, which has now reached around 1.5 million.
the meeting, Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said that the university made
unprecedented growth in further expanding its infrastructure network and
promoting technical and vocational education in the country.
highly appreciated the untiring efforts of the incumbent vice chancellor
for ensuring accessibility to quality education across the board.
council also approved various academics programmes, adopted in the
recent years. The approval was also given to the MoUs signed between the
AIOU and other national and international institutions during the last
four years. Daily times
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AIOU will set up 30 FM radio channels
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will set up 30 FM radio channels at
regional headquarters as part of its distance learning system to
facilitate students in their educational pursuits as well as to promote
Through these channels, public
service messages will be aired to inform and educate people,
particularly on education and health-related matters, said AIOU
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi while addressing the
four-day FM-radio broadcasters workshop which concluded here.
workshop was arranged by the AIOU Institute of Information Technology
for training of educational broadcasters. It was participated by
representatives of universities and institutions having campus and
community radio stations. Some well-known media professionals conducted
The university has also planned to set up a
TV channel to educate its students as well as to serve on
socio-economic affairs. The electronic network, to be named as 'Umeed
Educational Network' will be functional by the end of this year.
Sangi said the network will work in line with the local culture and
language that leads towards socio-economic development. The AIOU will
also seek the support of commercial channels to achieve the desired
results, Dr. Sangi said, adding that the university will provide all
possible cooperation to broadcasters for their proper training and their
exposure to new challenges.
He advised the participants
to come up with proper programming of their broadcasts with maximum
participation of the local people, as per their social-economic needs.
the vice-chancellor administered oath to the newly-elected
office-bearers of Educational Broadcasters Forum (EBF). They were
Muhammad Qasim Haider, President (AIOU), Wasim Khalid, Vice-President
(Riphah University), Samina Najeeb, General Secretary (Women Institute
of Science and Humanities-WISH), Iffat Ali, joint secretary (AIOU), Dr.
Ambreen Saba, finance secretary (Margalla College).
executive members who took the oath included Muneer Malik (AIOU), Dr.
Inam Rehman (IIU), Sadia Anwar Pasha (AIOU) and Yameena Tamkeen (AIOU). The news
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Students protest as Dr Mazari addresses seminar at UoP
Peshawar: The Pakhtun Students Federation staged a protest demonstration here on Thursday as Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf spokesperson Dr Shireen Mazari addressed a seminar at
University of Peshawar.
The administration of the university stopped launching ceremony of
Malala Yousafzai's book 'I am Malala' few days ago on the intervention
of PTI-led provincial government.
The protesting students chanted slogans against the government for
stopping the launching ceremony of Malala's book. They also accused the
provincial government of protecting a teacher, allegedly involvement in
harassment of a girl student.
The slogans and speeches of the student leaders became fierier when
they came to know that PTI central information secretary and defence
analyst Dr Mazari was addressing a seminar in the next block of the
The seminar titled 'Nuclear disarmament' was organised by the
department of international relations of the University of Peshawar
The PTI spokesperson tried to wriggle out from media that questioned
her after the seminar about her views on the PTI government's role in
stopping the launch of Malala's book at Area Study Centre, UoP.
"I happen to be a member of PTI and I am not here as government
functionary. Our viewpoint is that there should be debate of ideas,"
said Dr Mazari. She said that she did not interfere in the affairs of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
Dr Mazari visibly seemed irritated at the questions about failure of
PTI government to provide security to civil society members, who
intended to hold academic discussion on a book about struggle of Malala.
"I have absolutely no idea why and what happened here at the
University of Peshawar," Dr Mazari said. However, she added in the same
breath that they stood by what the party chairman stated about it.
"If there were security threats then the provincial government and
the administration of the university should have dealt it in a sensible
way," she said.
As Dr Mazari spoke on the international issues relating to nuclear
disarmament, a large number of police were present to avert any untoward
incident. Police in riot gear were also alert as students were chanting
slogans against PTI leadership and its government's interference in the
affairs of the UoP.
"The university is a place of learning and holding academic
discussions, but PTI and JI ministers pressurised the administration to
stop launch of a book on the struggle of Malala," said Tariq Afghan. He
termed it pathetic.
"Shame, Shame," chanted the protesters as the student leader
explained how the ministers called and came out in open to oppose the
book launch at the Areas Study Centre. Yasir Ahmed Khan Yousafzai,
another student leader, criticised the provincial government and some
ministers for double standard. He said that some ministers used their
influence to suppress allegations of harassment against a teacher.
The protesting students also chanted slogans against the UoP
vice-chancellor for not conducting inquiry into the harassment incident. Dawn
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Gomal varsity to have research centre, library
Dera Ismail Khan: Gomal University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Inayatullah
Babar approved opening of a research centre and library in the
university. The decision was taken in a meeting held here on Sunday.
University Registrar Prof Dr Najibullah Khan, Relief International
Organisation district president Dr Murad Khan, Dean of Agriculture
Faculty Prof Dr Saeed Khattak, Principal Gomal College of Veterinary
Prof Dr Inamullah Khan, Dr Niamtullah Khan and Muhammad Fazlur Rehman
attended the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Inayatullah Babar
lauded the offer by the Relief International Organisation of opening the
research centre and library in the university. The news
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