Character building of students : AIOU adopts strategy to promote ethics-based radio programming

Character building of students :  AIOU adopts strategy to promote  ethics-based radio programming

ISLAMABAD: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has adopted a comprehensive strategy to promote ethics-based radio programming for character building of its students.
Proper brought-up of the new generation as well as proper education is imperative to develop a healthy society. 
AIOU has focused to meet this target through its various academic programmes, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi while addressing the closing and certificate-distribution ceremony of a training workshop ‘Radio for Education’.
Radio Pakistan Director General Samina Pervez was the chief guest on the occasion. 
Dr Sangi highlighted the recent initiatives undertaken by the university for educating its students through FM radio and other e-learning programmes. He said that the university was working actively in three main areas: education, skill and attitude building. 
“New contents have been incorporated in the university curriculum to inculcate positive attitude in the new generation, as well as motivating them to play their active role in the nation building task,” he said.
The vice chancellor further said the AIOU was prepared to work with Radio Pakistan and other broadcasting institutions for promoting education through radio. 
He hoped that the Educational Broadcasters Forum (EBF) would expand its network to promote radio broadcasting for the benefit of students. He advised EBF President Muhammad Qasim Haider to work out a three-year plan for promoting ethics-based education through radio. 
He assured him that the university would provide all possible cooperation to achieve the task. 
Radio DG Samina Pervez elaborated on Radio Pakistan’s programmes aimed at motivating the new generation for their participation for the socio-economic development of the country. “The Radio Pakistan has a pivotal role in highlighting issues faced by the civil society.” 
She said that radio was playing its role in raising awareness regarding importance of education.
She said that radio programmes were highlighting the importance of education, especially for girls, and motivating the parents to send their children to school.
She said that the radio had also laid emphasis on promotion of skill-based vocational training through its broadcast based programmes. She also appreciated the efforts of the EBF for streamlining FM radio programmes, making them useful for society. 
Fatima Jinnah Women University Mass Communication Department head Dr Shamim Zaidi also addressed the gathering and appreciated the AIOU’s efforts for focusing more on character building of its students. She also appreciated the open-schooling project recently launched by the university across the country. 
Dr Sangi said that the AIOU would set-up 30 FM radio channels at the regional headquarters as part of the distance learning system to facilitate its students in their educational pursuits, as well as to promote community-based services. 
“Through these channels, public service messages will be aired to inform and educate the people, particularly on education and health-related matters,” he added.
The university, he said, had also planned to set up a TV channel to educate its students as well as to serve on socio-economic affairs. The electronic network, to be named ‘Umeed Educational Network’, would be functional by the end of this year, he said.
Dr Sangi said that this network would work in line with the local culture and language that “leads to socio-economic development”. “The AIOU will also seek the support of commercial channels to achieve the desired result.” 

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