ISLAMABAD – The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will host the Asian Association Open Universities’ annual conference 2013 to strengthen regional cooperation to fight illiteracy and ensure quality education through distance-learning and e-learning system. 

“ All the necessary preparations for this purpose are already underway” this was stated by Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi while addressing the 25th meeting of Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR).

According to a AIOU press release, Dr Sangi said the university would promote research work at the higher educational level that helps solve the community-based problems and the national issues, like energy crisis, illiteracy and unemployment.

Dr. Sangi said the students of the universities while doing research work must concentrate on the socio-economic problems, faced by the country.

They should be a helping hand to the government and other relevant institutions to solve the issues of the national importance. There is also need of bringing about necessary amendments in the on-going research methods that could meet contemporary needs, he added.

“We must promote productive and creative research works at the universities’ level so that it could be beneficial for formulating policies of public importance “, he asserted.

He said the students should work hard to raise the standard of their research journals so as to enhance their utility and application at the community-level.

The board’s meeting was attended, among others by the deans of four faculties- Education, Social Sciences, Basic Sciences, and Arabic and Islamic studies, besides AIOU Registrar Agha Hafizullah and Director BASR Directorate Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi.

More than 60 research papers/proposals of M. Phil and Ph.D level offered by the AIOU’s faculties were presented at the meeting for consideration. Majority of them were approved after necessary changes.