AIOU allocates Rs. 15 million for scholarships to deserving students

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has allocated Rs. 15 million as its annual budget to provide scholarships to its deserving students in order to bring maximum number of people in the educational network.
The scholarships will be available under nine different schemes, manly to accommodate people from less-developed regions and neglected section of society, said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui while addressing regional directors’ conference.
He hoped that the University’s 44 regions will properly utilize the
scholarship fund. The financial assistance will also be provided to the
students, who are affected by the recent earthquake and floods.
The Regional Directors’ conference during its two-day deliberations held at Abbottabad adopted a comprehensive plan to strengthen their regional campuses so as to improve quality of education and provide best possible services to its 1.3 million students. It was attended by regional directors from KPK and Gilgit and Baltistan.
Dr. Shahid Siddiqui while inaugurating the conference announced that the regional offices will be given extra support by meeting their financial,
technical and human-resource requirements, enabling them to meet their target of maximum students’ enrollment and strengthening students’ support system.
He advised them to lay greater focus on quality education and upholding the university’s role as a research-based organization.
They should adopt a pro-active approach to provide best possible services to the students in term of admissions, issuance of certificates and degrees, timely mailing of books and holding of exams.
He assured that the employees’ strength will be increased at the regional level to handle the growing workload. He noted there had been an upward trend of University’s admissions in various programs during the current semester.
During the conference, a training course on Management, Accounts and
Information Technology was also conducted for the capacity-building of the
officers.
The officers gave presentation on academic situation of their respective regions and departments, with their recommendations for upgrading the educational services. Director Regional Service Arif Saleemi briefed the participants about the steps taken during the last one year to further strengthening of regional network.