ISLAMABAD: The Allama Iqbal Open University’s (AIOU) Department of Commerce has launched an associate degree programme in commerce in eight different disciplines, including accounting and finance, hospital management, human resource management, marketing management, banking and finance, IT management and tourism management.
Addressing the launch, AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi said that they had allocated Rs 40 million for developing networking to implement the programme in a well-coordinated and efficient manner. “All these programme are being gradually put on the website for online teaching so that a maximum number of students could be benefited through it.”
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President Muhammad Touseef Zaman, AIOU Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Rashid A Naeem, senior officers of the university and large number of students were present at the ceremony.
The vice chancellor said the university would seek the cooperation of the chamber of commerce and industry for establishment of an advisory board to facilitate the students in their future career making.
“The AIOU is laying special focus for proper training on the human resources, in this connection a special Directorate of Technical and Vocational Education has been set up to educate the students on the subject of business administration and public service sector.”
The AIOU, he said, had already launched nine schemes including students’ support fund, earn to learn scheme, educate-a-child scheme, merit scholarships, scholarship for communities, scholarship for women and special scholarship for disabled students to support its poor and needy students through scholarships and fee-concession.
Addressing the function, Muhammad Touseef Zaman said that the AIOU had improved its status and quality of education and it became the first priority of the people, “the credit for which goes to the incumbent vice chancellor who introduced various skilled-base courses as per the need of commerce and industry’s sector.
He assured the vice chancellor that the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry would support the AIOU graduates of associate degree programme in getting job home and abroad.
Prof Dr Rashid A Naeem also spoke on the occasion. Dr Syed Muhammad Amir Shah, the in charge of the department of commerce, gave a brief overview of the programme, its objectives and market requirements at the inaugural ceremony of the associate degree programme.
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