22 October, GWADAR Gwadar, in south Balochistan, becomes the 54th regional center of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), one of Pakistan’s biggest and best remote learning institutions, and so makes its foray into distance learning.
After attending the campus’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony with AIOU VC Dr. Zia ul Qayyum, Member of the National Assembly Muhammad Aslam Bhutani, AIOU DG Dr. Touqeer, and several other social dignitaries, Federal Minister for Education Rana Tanveer Hussain officially opened the Gwadar Center.
At AIOU, more over 30.000 Baloch students are currently enrolled. After the opening of the AIOU center in Gwadar on October 21, residents will be able to pursue their education without having to leave their homes and places of employment.
A number of other AIOU regional centres have also been established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Sindh’s Moro, Mithi, and Sukkur as well as Punjab’s Attock, Chakwal, Jhang, and Sheikhupura (AJK).
Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum, vice chancellor of AIOU, stated at the event that the network expansion of AIOU is intended to address the educational needs of individuals who live in remote regions without access to educational institutions.