Islamabad-Two-day international moot on “Distance Education and E-Learning” commenced on Monday at the International Islamic University Islamabad to discuss various topics and online teaching techniques.

The conference was organised by the Directorate of Distance Education of the university in which experts and researchers from Malaysia, UK, USA, Germany, Belgium, Philippine, Trinidad and Tobago and national scholars of a large number Pakistani universities participated.

More than 50 foreign and national scholars will present 120 papers on the topic.

First day, scholars discussed various topics such as educating women through distance learning, perception of university students using social media, assessment of distance education for sustainability, and techniques and resources of online teaching. Rector IIUI Dr Masoom Yasinzai in his inaugural address said: “We would have to improve our literacy rate, while access to education in the country must be easy”.

He stated that it was unfortunate that out of 56 million Pakistani youth only 8 per cent had access to universities.

“Education sector should produce a valuable human resource who could contribute in the uplift of the society,” he said.

President IIUI, Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Dariweesh said that IIUI is an educational institution which is a hub of learning for the youth all Muslim countries. “Youth must be nurtured as per prevailing requirements and advancements and this moot is one of the efforts in this regard,” said the president IIUI.

He said main objective of the conference is to find solutions to the prevailing problems in the distance education, while it will also help in setting new roadmap for achieving the goal of quality education.