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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Distance learning: AIOU new head vows to fix issues

The new Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) vice-chancellor, Dr Shahid Siddiqui, has said that all available resources will be utilised to focus on research and to facilitate students in getting distance learning degree programmes.

AIOU has been marred by internal administrative squabbling and allegation of nepotism. 
Photo: The Express Tribune

AIOU has been marred by internal administrative squabbling and allegation of nepotism and favouritism by those holding top positions.

During the tenure of former VC Nazir Ahmad Sangi, protests against him and the top management erupted on campus over a plethora of issues ranging from non-regularisation of contractual employees to placing ‘favourites’ on important posts.

Siddiqui said that a support centre would be developed for the students seeking help regarding admissions, results and tutors.

“I am working with the IT staff to overhaul the whole system to make it student-friendly,” he said.
AIOU is a leading university in Pakistan and offers distance learning opportunities to hundreds of thousands of students across Pakistan
The new VC also talked about promoting an ‘innovative and creative culture’ in the university and revision of the curriculum to encourage research.

“We will also introduce research and author on campus awards besides arranging seminars and workshops in every department,” he said.

He also announced an award of recognition and cash awards for position holders on the occasion.

“We will also resolve the long-standing issue of ‘ad-hocism’ by appointing the right people at the right place,” said the VC, who previously worked at the univeristy for 10 years after being appointed as a lecturer in 1983.