AIOU mulls smart use of latest technology for students

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will follow an action plan to facilitate its students in their learning process through smart use of latest technology.

The plan was discussed at the regional directors’ meeting held in Islamabad on Thursday through video conferencing in which it was decided that all possible efforts will be made for timely availability of books to the students.

However as an alternate measure, the university will also put soft copies of the books on internet to help them preparing their assignments within scheduled time.

The meeting, presided over by the Vice Chancellor AIOU Professor Dr Shahid Siddiqui, also decided that online learning process will also be expedited. Soft copies of B.Ed programme has already been put on the university’s website. The plan will be implemented through a gradual process.

Dr Shahid Siddiqui said that the students of the higher classes M.Phil and PhD will get their study material through electronic or digital devices (CDC) instead of the books form.

It was also decided that the aspiring candidates will be facilitated to get them enrolled in the on-admissions that will last till March 5. Prospects’ sale points will be set up at main public places at tehsil and district levels.

The 44-regional offices will implement a publicity plan to keep the people informed about the admission process. The plan is aimed at bringing maximum number of people into educational net. The university students’ enrollment already reached to over 1.3 million.

The regional directors were advised to give priority in addressing students’ related matters. `Help Desk’ will also be set up in the regional offices to assist the students in the admission matters.

The meeting was also participated by the senior academicians Dr Samina Awan, Dr Nasir Mahmood, Dr Syed Zafar Ilyas, Dr Mohyuddin Huashmi, Director Regional services Dr Arif Saleem Arif and Director Admissions Syed Ziaul Hasnain.