Academicians and researchers from home and abroad here on Friday called for promoting physical education, as a way forward towards a healthy life.
Addressing the inaugural session of three-day 2nd Euro-Pak International conference on Sports, Sciences and physical education held at AIOU, they underlined the need of engaging the country’s youth in positive and healthy activities. They hoped that educational institutions will play their due role in this connection.
The conference was jointly organized by Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology and Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in collaboration with some other universities of the country. It was largely attended by students, scholars and scientists. The foreign guests were from Colombia, Germany, French, Iraq, Slovenia, Malaysia and South Korea.
The key-note speakers at the inaugural session were Prof. Dr. Anita Hokelmann from Germany and Dr. Fernandez Ortega Jairo from Colombia. They highlighted the importance of physical activities in educational pursuits.
Speaking on the occasion, Acting Vice Chancellor AIOU Prof. Dr. Nasir Mahmood hoped that the conference’s recommendations will go a long way in creating awareness about the importance of physical education.
He said sports and physical education could be helpful in character-building of the students, enabling them to play their positive and constructive role in the country’s socio-economic development.
Dr. Nasir Mahmood also highlighted the magnificent contribution of the AIOU in meeting educational requirements of millions of people, including the neglected sections of the society, through open distance learning system.
He also spoke about the recent initiatives taken by the Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyum in promoting quality education through the use of new technology.