ISLAMABAD - Minister of State for Education and Training, Eng. Muhammad Baleegh-ur-Rehman, has hoped that the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) as a country's mega university would work as role-model in promoting quality education and character-building of the students.

He was addressing the oath-taking ceremony of AIOU's Employees Welfare Association (EWA) held here on Thursday. The ceremony was presided over by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ali Asghar Chishti.

The Minister also administered oath to the newly elected office bearers including Chairman, Malik Muhammad Saeed, Vice-Chairman, Sher Asif Sati, President Malazim Hussain Qureshi, Vice-President Muhammad Yousaf, General Secretary Muhammad Amjad Hashmi, Joint Secretary Ilyas Jadoon, Finance Secretary Muhammad Asif Awan, Publicity Secretary Bilawal Leghari and Coordination Secretary, Ghulam Farid Abbasi.

While congratulating the EWA's new office-bearers, he emphasized that they should uphold good democratic traditions, showing commitment to their duties, while working for the welfare of the employees. He lauded the role of the AIOU and said it had been on front-front in meeting the educational needs of the people.

Baleeghur Rehman hoped that educational institutions would have a leading role in promoting healthy and positive social trends in the country, as well as inculcating good human qualities in the new generation. He said the society could only flourish if every individual honestly and dedicatedly fulfils his official and moral duties.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Chishti appreciated the EWA in establishing healthy working environment in the University and providing best possible services to their students.