ISLAMABAD – Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will establish 39 teachers resource centers across the country, enabling them to impart skilled-based education to its students.

The centers will comprise teaching labs, lectures hall and video conferencing system. This is part of AIOU’s plan expanding its countrywide network to all nock and corner of the country, ensuring education for all.  The resource centers will also work as Model Study Centers.

This was stated by Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi, Vice Chancellor AIOU, while addressing World Teachers’ Day function held here Friday at the University’s main auditorium. The function was arranged by AIOU’s Academic Staff Association (ASA). Dr Roshan Chitrakar, Director UNESCO was the chief guest on the occasion, who lauded AIOU’s role in providing quality education to the people at their door-step.

The Vice Chancellor further said that the AIOU has started working on accessibility of quality education through ‘state-of-the-art’ technology for all segments of society by setting up model study centers and regional campuses across the country. While highlighting the AIOU’s plan for helping the poor students, he said the University allocates Rs. 10 million in each academic semester for this purpose. The students are facilitating by paying their fee, other academic funds and books from their own resources.

The university will also soon launch a students’ support campaign to collect funds from the well-to-do the people to increase the financial support for the needy students.

Dr Roshan Chitrakar in his speech that the function has provided an opportunity to reaffirm our collective commitments to promote education uphold the status of teachers and giving them maximum facilities for educating the students in befitting manners.

President ASA, Prof Dr Syed Zafar Ilyas and the Secretary General, Dr Muhammad Ajmal also spoke on the occasion and thanked the Vice-Chancellor for the initiatives he was taking for the benefit of teachers community and up-grading the working of the University.