ISLAMABAD, June 19 (DNA): Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and BF technologies on Friday jointly launched short-courses for youth, providing them income-generating opportunities for having a better life,
as well as to enable them to take part in the country’s socio-economic
The launching ceremony held at the University’s main Campus, presided
over by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum. The two sides held
threadbare discussion on development of these courses as per
international standard through the use of new technology.
Through these courses, the concept of knowledge-sharing and E-Commerce
Skill development will be promoted. The program will be implemented
through the Center for Social Reconstruction, AIOU.
Those who participated in the discussion included Prof. Dr. Shoab Ahmed
Khan from NUST, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhry, Coordinator General
COMSTEC, Dr. Shahid Mahmud, Chairman Interactive Group, Dr. Ghazna
Siddiqui, Special adviser to UNHCR and Capt.(R) Bilal Hussain, Chief
Executive BF Technology.
As per the MoU signed by the two sides to this effect, the courses will
enable the youth to develop life-long E-commerce skills that promote
employment and assist in getting Pakistan’s economy back on tract on
Under the concept of “Enabling GIG Economy from Home program”, the
courses will help the youth to generate income from home. It is hoped
that this program will contribute in eliminating poverty, generating
jobs and adopting technology skills as per the vision of the present
While highlighting the significance of the proposed courses, Prof. Dr.
Zia Ul-Qayyum said that these courses are the part of the University’s
recent initiative and its consistent efforts of mobilizing community in
the country’s socio-economic development and providing institutional
support to the government for ensuring a better future for the new
The AIOU, he added is working for a viable mode of communication to
provide quality education to its around 1.4 million students across the
country. Emphasis is being laid on Online learning and distance
education with the quality assurance to meet the challenges, being faced
by the nation in wake of COVID-19 crisis, he added.DNA