I wish to bring a sad fact to the notice of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC); the degrees awarded by Allama Iqbal Open University are not acceptable in United Arab Emirates. If you browse through web site of the Education Ministry of UAE you will find in the principal rules for evaluation of certificates equivalence a clear statement saying, "Only regular school certificates are accepted. The correspondence school certificates or training courses are not accepted". Knowing that the whole concept, indeed, system of education in Allama Iqbal Open University is based on correspondence, I report with dismay that all degrees awarded by AIOU would be useless in UAE, even if one has the degree of PhD. I request the authorities concerned in Pakistan to immediately contact the Education Ministry of UAE and rectify this issue. -AAMIR, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, November 2.