MULTAN: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Siddiqui said that the university was going to launch free-of-cost matric education in the areas of FATA and Balochistan in the first phase, and it would be extended to the south Punjab and Sindh in the second phase.
He said that universities were a symbol of national integration as they function across the country.
He said that it was offering free education to prisoners across the country, adding that 1,000 prisoners in various jails were getting education through distance learning programme of the AIOU. He said that this positive activity would help them in becoming good citizens.
The VC expressed these views while addressing a seminar titled “Column writing and society” at the AIOU regional office on Saturday. He said that the university was also offering free education to drop-out girls in 8th class.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2017.