ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Prof Nazir Ahmed Sangi on Wednesday showed keen interest in launching academic programmes for promoting women education and family studies in the country through a joint venture of AIOU and five-big Iranian universities.
Iran’s Women Section World Linkage Organisations head Dr Khanum Siddiqa Hijazi met with the AIOU’s vice chancellor.
Iran’s Cultural Consul Dr Taqqi Siddique, AIOU’s Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Prof Rashid A Naeem, Faculty of Gender and Women Studies head Dr Riffat Haque, Abdul Basit Mujahid and Abdul Wadood were present on the occasion.
Both teams discussed ways and means to prepare and launch the academic programmes for the promotion of women education.
It was said that the proposed agreement between AIOU and five-big Iranian universities would be signed before the holy month of Ramzan. The AIOU vice chancellor said that Model Study Centres and new campuses of the university are being established in remote areas.
The university has also launched a plan of open-schooling system to provide middle-level educational facilities to drop-out women students.
Dr Khanum Siddiqa Hijazi appreciated the open-schooling system of AIOU and said that this project would increase the literacy rate at a large scale.
Dr Taqqi Siddique disclosed that Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad would deliver a special lecture on ‘Architecture Design’ at AIOU during his upcoming visit to Pakistan.
On the occasion, Dr Riffat Haque briefed the Iranian team about the academic programmes, initiatives, achievements and planning of the Gender and Women Studies Department for the empowerment of women.