Market needs priority for AIOU, says VC


ISLAMABAD: For one of the nation’s biggest colleges with an enormous separation learning part, a change in perspective is coming which will help lead the college and the general public into what’s to come.

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Ziaul Qayyum, who was just delegated toward the end of last year, has begun to recalibrate the heading of the varsity and its 1.4 million enlisted understudies.

Addressing The Express Tribune, Dr Qayyum said that the essential point of the varsity was to give present day training to its understudies.

For this reason, he said that they will redesign their schedule to coordinate current prerequisites. Additionally, he said that they were “attempting to improve the nature of the projects which are now educated in the college.”

For this reason, he said that the college has examined measures with the University of London and two different colleges in Britain.

The thought, Dr Qayyum clarified, was to look for joint effort in improving the competency of the instructors of the varsity while assisting with redesigning the course and assessment arrangement of the college under the Pakistan-UK Education Gateway program.

A measure toward this path was that the AIOU and the University of London were in converses with dispatch a specific, joint-degree program.

In any case, the greatest move in the college’s methodology will be that it will hope to explain the requirements of the activity advertise and realigning itself to showcase needs.

Dr Qayyum said that the AIOU won’t dispatch any new program except if there was a market interest for it.

In addition, he said that they will audit and modifying the model to employ mentors and that instructors selected for the following semester will be per the new measures.

Further, he cautioned that the varsity will drop the enlistment of those educators who perform ineffectively.

Modernizing instruction

With advanced contraptions and availability to the web getting always normal, especially after the United Nations proclaimed web to be an essential human right, the AIOU bad habit chancellor unveiled that they were chipping away at carefully changing the varsity.

Having driven noticeable mechanical varsities in the nation, for example, the National University of Computer and Engineering Sciences (NUST) and the University Institute of Information Technology (UIIT), Dr Qayyum said that they were dealing with the advanced and computerization strategy for AIOU.

When the change is finished, he expressed that all procedures of the college — from admissions to assessments — will be mechanized.

Notwithstanding, given the monstrous size of its understudy body and the huge remote system it works the nation over and abroad, Dr Qayyum said that the whole procedure will take around year and a half to finish.

Explaining on the procedure, he said that all the books instructed at the varsity will likewise be changed over into advanced configuration by not long from now.

One evident preferred position of this move will be in decreasing the expenses charged and to make study material quickly accessible to understudies.

In any case, he explained that the college will even now mail printed versions of books to those zones which need web offices.

The new mechanized framework which Dr Qayyyum wants to introduce in the varsity will permit assignments to be given out, submitted, checked and came back to the understudies through an online procedure.

These assignments will be changed each semester with the goal that understudies who have finished the course can not ‘offer’ the assignments to new understudies.

To additionally grow its compass, Dr Qayyum said that the college is hoping to dispatch its own TV slot to train its different remote-learning courses.

He expounded that this station will broadcast tele-addresses separated from exchanges and discussions on various subjects of understudy enthusiasm also.

“This will be the primary direct in the nation which will essentially concentrate on spreading instruction among the majority” he asserted.


Dr Qayyum said that the varsity was right now chipping away at building another scholarly schedule.

In addition, he said that they were thinking about an arrangement to expand the time it takes for instructors to check research projects. One approach to accomplish this whiteout upsetting the semester cycle is limit the semester’s length to about four months (four months) while growing the assessment procedure to 50 days.

The AIOU bad habit chancellor additionally alluded to planning to concede a superior nature of understudy by checking on and reconsidering the scholastic standards to improve the qualification rules for confirmations.

He told nepotism will be totally disheartened in enrollments in the college.

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