Islamabad—Delegates belonging to postal services from eleven countries of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) on Wednesday visited the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and showed keen interest in developing cooperative partnership with the University in the area of professional development.
The countries including Jordan, Kyrgzstan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam and Thailand lauded the services being rendered by AIOU in education sector.
The delegation was visiting the country on invitation of government of Pakistan under technical assistance program.
Welcoming the delegates, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui assured University’s academic support to the officers of the postal services in enhancing their knowledge and skill through a online diploma course in post office’s management.
He briefed them about the University’s role and working in imparting education to a large number of people through open distance learning system.
Professional training is special area of their priority and they wished to develop collaborative arrangements with the ECO’s member countries to share experience and know-how to make it more effective for mutual benefit.
Wasim Zafar, a senior official of ECO’s postal staff college who was heading the delegation welcomed Dr Shahid Siddiqui’s offer for launching joint academic program for professional benefit of postal services’ employees.
Delegation’s representative Siritorn Rojanamaitree from Thailand thanked the VC for his offer of bilateral cooperation in the postal service sector. The AIOU that is well-equipped with the basic technical requirements could be a strong source for their professional development, she added.
Earlier, in-charge international collaboration department Zahid Majeed gave a presentation on University’s overall working. Registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Qureshi was also present on the occasion. The delegation took round of various departments of the University and evinced keen interest in its academic potential in meeting educational needs of the people.