The third session of the General Assembly of COMSTECH Inter-Islamic Network on Virtual Universities (CINVU) was held at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in Islamabad.
Vice chancellors, rectors, and senior academicians from virtual universities of Syria, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Gabon (Africa), Chad (Africa), and other countries attended the event, while heads of 34 member universities participated virtually.
Addressing the session, Coordinator General CINVU, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhry said the population under the age of 23 in the Islamic world is about 1.56 billion and the network can play a key role to provide educational development in member countries. He said that the main difference between developed and developing countries is the current gap in the field of education and research.
In his remarks President, Executive Committee CINVU and Vice Chancellor Allama Iqbal Open University Prof. Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum said that online or virtual mode of education is the most important need of the hour. He said the whole world realized that it was not possible to provide education without an online system in COVID-19.
He said that proposals and recommendations will be formulated after discussions which will be presented in next meeting of general assembly of CINVU for approval and implementation.
Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali said that AIOU has made significant progress in the last three years under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum. He said that QAU has also started the process of digitalization and we have requested AIOU for assistance.