ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the government will support Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and the Asian Association of Open Universities in their efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of poverty eradication and education for all.
Speaking at the concluding session of 27th annual conference of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) here at Pak-China Friendship Centre, he said, distant education can play an effective role in providing learning opportunities to diverse groups of the society. He said such kind of learning will also prepare the new generation to fight social evils such as mal-administration, corruption and terrorism, which have plagued our economic development.
The concluding session was also addressed by the President of AAOU Prof Dr Ho Sinn Chye and Vice Chancellor of AIOU Prof Dr Nazir Ahemd Sangi. The conference was attended by around 250 delegates from home and abroad.
The President said the two-day deliberations would help enhance partnership and cooperation among the member countries in various fields of distance learning and benefit from each other's experiences and expertise. He hoped that it would not only serve the cause of distant learning but would also help forging fruitful partnership among the member countries to promote distant education mechanism in the region.He added that the AIOU has also embarked upon an ambitious plan of open schooling to bring out-of-school and dropout young men and women into the mainstream of education.–Staff Reporter