AIOU students to be enrolled as PRCS’s volunteers

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has decided in principle to enroll around 1.4 million students of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) as its volunteers, enabling them to work in a state of natural disaster or human tragedy.The decision was made at a meeting held on Wednesday between PRCS Chairman Saeed Elahi and AIOU Vice Chancellor Ali Asghar Chishti. The PRCS would register the complete strength of the AIOU as provided by the management of the AIOU as PRCS volunteers and would issue them the volunteer identity cards. It would also provide inspiration training sessions to the students and staff of the AIOU, said a news release issued.The two sides decided to establish a working relationship for mobilising and training of the volunteers, to be selected among the students and the staff of AIOU. It was agreed that the two sides would soon formally sign an agreement to provide a broad framework for cooperation between the two institutions, in enhancing mutual trust and understanding for achieving the desired objectives. The agreement would be implemented in phases to involve the AIOU’s students in the proposed volunteer work. The students would be asked to give their consent to work as volunteers at time of their enrolment with the university. It was also decided that the AIOU would include `Volunteerism’ as a subject in the AIOU’s syllabus.It was proposed that the PRCS would establish self-sustainable youth clubs at all departments and campuses of the AIOU and would provide a complete training package for the capacity building of the club members. Those who attended the meeting included Registrar Nowshad Khan, Abdul Hafiz, and PRCS Secretary General Mahboob Sardar. 

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