LAHORE – Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will follow the distance learning model of Open University of United Kingdom to enhance its credibility and academic standard.
The Open University of UK was first one in the world introducing open distance learning system in 1969.
This was announced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Zia-Ul-Qayyum while addressing a reception given in his honour by the Employees Welfare Association (EWA).
Its credibility and quality of education are well recognized worldwide and the AIOU was the first in Asia wishes to work on the same pattern so that its degrees and certificates get due importance.
The university will bring into practice new technology in educational pursuits for achieving the ultimate target of quality education.
The process of automation and introduction of ‘State of the Art’ technology in admission, examination and other sectors will be completed within a period one and half year.
Elaborating his priorities and policies to be followed during his four-years’ tenure, Dr Zia-Ul-Qayyum said the betterment of the employees and improving the university’s reputation and integrity would be his main focus.
Responding to points raised in the welcome address by the EWA’s President Sajid Janjua, he said that he would always be open-hearted for improving their working conditions and providing them with their due rights.
While urging the employees to show dedication and commitment in their work, he said any wrong-doing will not be spared.
Dr Zia-ul-Qayyum assured the contractual and daily wages’ employees will be given preference in recruitment and while filling the vacant posts.
He assured them that the residential facilities in the university’s premises would be expanded.
Improving the contents’ delivery system will be another priority area. All current university’s tutors will be de-registered this year and they have to meet a fresh appointment’s criteria.
The purpose of the revision of tutors’ appointments’ system will be improved the evaluation and assessment mechanism in the teaching process.
President EWA, Janjua assured the VC his all-out support in the development of the university, enhancing its reputation and credibility among the people.