Karachi: Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad (AIOU) has said that AIQU and Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) will cooperate with each other in the field of education and research and will share their resources for cause of quality education in the country.
Addressing the faculty members of SMIU at Junagarh Hall of the university on Monday, the Vice Chancellor of AIOU said that it was his first visit to SMIU, which has a historic significance being an Alma Mater of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. “I felt proud while passing through the corridors, where the Quaid had walked during his period of study over here. Even the faculty of SMIU is also privileged as it was serving here,” Vice Chancellor of AIOU commented.
He further said that AIOU was publishing eight research journals, hence, SMIU faculty can also contribute their research works. He said that if the research work can’t benefit our society and under privileged people, then it has no importance.
Praising the role of Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU played for development of the institution, the Vice Chancellor of AIOU Dr Shahid Siddiqui said that Dr Shaikh has performed a marvellous role by elevating a school to the level of university. He has great leadership qualities and he always thinks about progress and development of SMIU and its contacts with national and international universities.
Talking about literacy rate in the country, Dr Shahid Siddiqui said at the time of Independence, there was only 19 percent literacy rate in Pakistan, now it has reached to 60 percent. Despite that we have to spread education even to the down trodden classes and remote areas of the country.
He said that AIOU is imparting education to 1.3 million students all over the country and it was a great vision of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who introduced distance learning in 1974 by establishing AIOU, while the world is coming to the same idea of distance learning now. He said that the main objective of AIOU is to provide quality education to financially poor students on their door steps.