Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

AIOU Students’ Support Fund to help improve literacy in the country, says Secretary Education

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Islamabad : Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Education and Trainings expressed the hope that the recent initiatives taken by Allama Iqbal Open University(AIOU), providing financial and technical support to the students, will lay a strong foundation for improving quality education in the country, particularly in less developed regions.

While addressing a students’ competition ceremony held here on Wednesday at the AIOU main campus, he said that the government appreciates the AIOU’s consistent efforts to improve quality education in the country. The University has taken some far-reaching steps like setting up ‘students educational foundation’ ‘Earn to learn’ scheme and students’ support fund that he hoped will go a long way attracting the students to continue their future study.

Students from Rawalpindi region participated in ‘naa’t and qira’t competition, It was arranged by AIOU’s Rawalpindi Region.

The event was also addressed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi. He announced to facilitate the distinction-holder students for paying academic-visit to the University’s campuses at four provincial headquarters.

AIOU has been allocating 160-million rupees annually for Student’s support fund which is distributed to all the regional campuses around the country to facilitate poor and deserving students across the country while rupees 20.3million have been allocated this year for earn-to-learn scheme.

The Vice-Chancellor said, the ‘students educational foundation’ will be set-up soon to reinforce students’ facilities, aimed at polishing their existing capabilities and to provide them job-oriented education and training.

AIOU, he said is ready for giving guarantee to thirty AIOU’s students for getting loan from the ‘Prime Minister Loan Scheme’ for setting up Radio channels to serve the society in education and health sectors.

The Vice-Chancellor advised the Director, Institute of Educational Technology (IET) to record demonstration of the position holders of the contests in AIOU’s studios for its broadcasting by University’s FM and TV programmes.

According to results of the Qir’at contest, Muhammad Luqman Shah stood first, Hafiz Muhammad Ayub got 2nd while Umair Rashid and Yar Muhammad got 3rd position. In Na’at contests, Wasim Bashir got 1st, Sanum Mumtaz 2nd while Nauman Adil achieved 3rd position. Mehnaz Anjum secured 1st, Adil Nawaz 2nd and Umair Rashid got 3rd position in the speech contest.

Federal Secretary, Ministry of Education and Trainings, Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri and the Vice-Chancellor, AIOU Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi gave away prizes and certificates to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position holders of each the contest.

Expressing vote of thanks, Regional Director, Rawalpindi Region, Mian Muhammad Aslam said that Regional competitions amongst AIOU’s students were being held at all regional campuses while grand competition between first three position holders of each the region will be held soon at AIOU’s campus in Multan.
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