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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.

Addressing the 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."

Islamabad 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 ceremony.

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 making.

"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."

The 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.

Addressing the 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 industry's sector. 

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.

Prof Dr 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. 

Those 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 university's history.

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 its administration. 

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 needy students. 

The council also noted that there had been a record increase in students' support fund in the recent years. 

The 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 per cent. 

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. 

Addressing 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. 

He highly appreciated the untiring efforts of the incumbent vice chancellor for ensuring accessibility to quality education across the board.

The 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 community-based services.

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.

The 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 workshop.

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.

Dr. 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.

Meanwhile, 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).

The 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 university.

The seminar titled 'Nuclear disarmament' was organised by the department of international relations of the University of Peshawar (UoP).

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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