Islamabad  - Allama Iqbal Open University won global TEDx license to acquaint the students about the latest knowledge and international learning practices in their respective fields.

The TEDx is a global organisation devoted to spread ideas through influencing short and meaningful talk, a statement said on Sunday. Initially, the talks were focused on technology, entertainment and design but with rapid success and wide popularity, the focus was shifted to covering an array of topics in a broader spectrum, the statement added.

By organising a TEDx event, the AIOU aims to create a unique gathering in the academic community that will unleash new ideas, inspire and inform.

Vice Chancellor AIOU Dr Shahid Siddiqui said that it was big honour for the university to get itself connected with the TEDx.

The license, he said, carries manifold educational benefits.

The TED expanded by giving out licenses to the universities so that they could organise TED-like events commonly known as TEDx independently at smaller scale. The purpose of TEDx events is to recognise strong ideas at national level for international exposure across global community.

Twice a year, a group of interesting and impactful people gathers for the week-long TED experience. It’s a winning formula of brilliant, curious minds and groundbreaking content in an immersive and focused environment. TED also regularly hosts other special events around the globe.

The TEDx events are fully-planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The license will permit the university to organise one TEDx event during the next 12 months. The speakers would come from multiple disciplines including law and social justice, art and culture, literature, entertainment, health, education, environment, economics, business and commerce, engineering and technology.