Karachi: A virtual Webinar to discuss Education’s Futures with Ethical AI was hosted by IMAGINE – Institute of Futures Studies at Iqra University. Leading faculty members from 11 prominent Pakistani universities, including Iqra University, University of Karachi, ZSABIST, Ziauddin University, IOBM, Habib University, IBA Sukkur, Federal Urdu University, Notre Dame Institute of Education, Metropolitan University Karachi, and Aga Khan University participated in this webinar aimed at exploring the impact of AI on higher education in Pakistan and the importance of ethical considerations in its development and use.
The session was opened by Professor Dr. Shams Hamid of Iqra University, who proposed forming a consortium of higher education institutions to develop an Ethical Framework for AI in Education and Research, with the goal of promoting human values and dignity, and preventing harm and misuse.
Dr. Shah Jamal, Associate Professor at Habib University, emphasized the importance of collaboration among academics and educators, saying, “We need forums to exchange ideas and discuss the challenges and concerns arising from the increasing use of AI in education.”
Dr. Syeda Rakhshanda Kaukab, Associate Professor at Ziauddin University, emphasized the need to empower students and faculty to use AI for the greater good.
Dr. Sajid Ali, Associate Professor & Director of Research at AKU-IED, spoke about the need for higher education institutions to embrace innovation and use AI as a tool to enhance human intelligence in teaching and assessment practices.
Dr. Shahida Jabbar, Vice Chancellor of Metropolitan University Karachi, emphasized the importance of universities working with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to develop a policy for the use of AI in education. The webinar was a successful initiative, providing valuable insights and discussion.