AIOU seeks land for regional campus in Chitral


CHITRAL,Nov 4: Vice Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad (AIOU) Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmad Sangi during his five-day visit to Chitral has not been able to get the district administration agree on allotting a piece of land for the construction of a regional campus in the valley.

The AIOU VC in Kalash valley.–Luke Rehmat

The main objective of his visit is was to get the land and in this regard, he met the district coordination officer and proposed that if the district administration provided them a piece of land they would construct the building at a cost of 100 million rupees.
The VC said the university may also introduce different subjects for the students of Chitral like on tourism, handicraft, livestock etc. He said they had already made some changes to the Islamiat syllabus making in order to help the students in coping modern-day challenges. Dr Sangi said that if a regional campus was established in Chitral, it would greatly help the local students. We will also facilitate the students in video conferences, workshops, training etc. And he said he would initially allocate 100 million rupees for this purpose.

Despite all offers and pleading, the meeting could not decide the allocation of land for the campus. It was decided that the  Chief Secretary KPK would be approached for taking a final decision in this regard.
As usual with other visitors to Chitral, the vice chancellor also did not miss the opportunity to visit the Kalash valley. During his visit to Bumburate, he met students from different schools there. He assured them for appointing a separate regional coordinator for Kalash valleys to facilitate students of three valleys regarding providing them admission forms, date sheet and other information. He also stressed upon the local people to provide them land for construction of a study center of AIOU in the valley.

Dr Sangi with Kalash students in Mumuret

During his visit to Kalasha Dur (Museum) he discussed different issues with Museum In-charge Akram Hussain and emphasized them to must preserve their centuries old culture. He was warmly welcomed by both Muslim and Kalash people on arrival to the valley. An education conference was held at Commerce college hall where Vice chancellor was chief guest and the conference was presided over by Sahibuddin Principal of the college.

A large number of people were also present to welcome the guest, who was accompanied by officials of the education department and senior teachers from Chitral. –GH Farooqui

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