ISLAMABAD, Nov. 14 (APP): Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)
has joined hands with National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in its
awareness campaign, Say No to Corruption, by holding first-ever
awareness and prevention event, involving students and academicians.
The event was arranged at the University’s main campus for
motivating the people to help purging the society from menace of
It was aimed at supporting the NAB’s initiative, say no to
corruption. Deputy Chairman NAB Imtiaz Tajwar was the chief guest on
the occasion, who hoped the support from the country’s biggest
educational institution will be a source of strength promoting the
concept of good governance, and developing a society, free of

The event was marked by holding speeches and posters’
competition among the students of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It was
organized by University’s Students’ advisory and counseling services
in collaboration with Rawalpindi and Islamabad regional offices.

Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Shahid Sididiqui announced that
the AIOU will provide academic and institutional support to NAB in
making the awareness and prevention campaign successful.
It was decided that AIOU and National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
will soon jointly arrange similar events at the University’s regional
campus in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Sukkar and Multan. The University will also incorporate anti-corruption’s contents in its curriculum.
Imtiaz Tajwar further said that NAB alone will not be able to
fight out corruption. The support from all segments of society,
particularly the educational institutions is imperative to make it
effective at mass-scale. The role of students and academicians are
highly important in preparing the people not to indulge themselves
in corruption in any manner. “The people particularly the youth need
to focus on character-building and following righteous path, keeping
before them the model of `khulfaa-e-Rashideen’.
Dr. Shahid Siddiqui said that AIOU has arranged a number of
activities in the recent year to promote good-governance and
transparency in the University’s overall academic, administrative
and financial system. They have also upgraded its Complaint
Management Center for addressing students’ complaints on fast-track
basis. Transparency has been also introduced in admission,
examination and delivery network through automation and use of
technology— human element has been reduced.
“We have arranged series of workshops and seminars in last few
months for professional development and capacity-building of our
staff, enabling them to perform their duties in transparent and
efficient manner,” he added.
The function was also attended by the NAB’s Directors General
Aliya Rashid and Zahid Shah. Director University’s students’
advisory cell Tariq Rana announced the winner of the competitions.
Top positions were scored by Kanwal Kazmi (Urdu-speech), Feroza Butt
(English-speech) and Zainab Saeed (posters competition). They were
awarded trophies and cash prizes.