Islamabad: Visiting delegation of Maldives educationists praised high the free educational schemes of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), stating that these could serve as model for other countries to follow in accommodating down-trodden people.
The delegation during its visit to the University had a meeting with the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui during which the two sides discussed areas of bilateral cooperation.
The delegation was briefed about the various educational programs of the University that cover wide-range of academic disciplines.
Maldives delegation led by Dr Amal Ali, rector of the MIANZ International College noted that the AIOU’s initiatives providing free education to prisoners, disabled, drop-out girls and transgender groups are highly commendable.
He also praised the Accessibility Centers, set up at the University’s 44 regional offices for visually impaired persons.
Welcoming the delegation, Dr. Shahid Siddiqui said the AIOU enjoys top-ranking academic position in the country in account of its record annual enrollment of 1.3 million students and country-wide infrastructure network.
The Maldivian delegation included Dr Ali Najeeb, Vice Rector, Villal Colleges, Ms Hawwa Latheef, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Islamic University of Maldives, Ibrahim Munaz, Chief Inspector, Institute for Security and Law Enforcement Studies, Hassan Abdull Saeed and Vice President, Clique College.