ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will soon establish the Iqbal Archive Centre and Gandhara Museum at the main Campus of the University.
While addressing a function in connection with the month-long Independence Day celebrations in Islamabad on Tuesday, the Vice-Chancellor AIOU Professor Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum said “great nations do not forget the sacrifices of their heroes. It becomes the foremost responsibility of Allama Iqbal Open University, which is associated with the name of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the Thinker of Pakistan, to inform our youth and coming generation and also the world in general about Iqbal’s life, poetry and philosophy and for this purpose, the university is going to establish Iqbal Archive in the Central Library of the University”.
Professor Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum said that the archive would also help researchers on Iqbal. He also informed that AIOU would soon establish a museum which would have different galleries such as Photohar Gallery, Gandhara Gallery, AIOU gallery, Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam Gallery.
The Vice-Chancellor AIOU reiterated that the University will continue to play its pivotal role, as an esteemed national institution, for the progress and development of the Country.
Other speakers while addressing the audience emphasized on the need of making collective efforts for the cause of honor and integrity of the country.
They highlighted the great sacrifices made by forefathers of the nation in the struggle for independence and encouraged the audience to play their due role on both personal and professional level towards national progress and development.
The Dean Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Professor Dr. Shahid Kmran made an enlightening discussion on Iqbal’s visionary leadership and ideology and instrumental role he played in seeking freedom from colonial domination.
While expressing their views on this occasion, President Academic Staff Association (ASA), Dr. Fazal Ur Rehman, and President Employees Welfare Association (EWA) Sher Asif Satti appreciated the role of Vice Chancellor for development of the University and welfare of the employees.
They extended the full support of their respective associations to Professor Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum.