COMSTECH asked to offer online education to Afghanistan students - The Nation

COMSTECH asked to offer online education to Afghanistan students  The Nation

President Dr Arif Alvi has asked the COMSTECH to offer online and recorded education to students in Afghanistan, saying such lessons and training modules could be a useful instrument to impart education to Afghan students. He expressed these views while talking to the Coordinator-General of the Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the OIC (COMSTECH), Professor Dr Iqbal Chaudhry, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Talking to the coordinator-general, he said that Pakistan could also offer educational modules and online education services through the Virtual University of Pakistan and Allama Iqbal Open University to provide Afghanistan with effective means for imparting higher education. He added that this arrangement was the cheapest, most cost-effective and high-quality, and could help fill shortage of education facilities currently being faced by Afghanistan. The president underlined the need to benchmark best practices in science and agriculture sectors in other Islamic countries and replicate them in Pakistan. He said that Prime Minister’s Digital Skills Programme in Pakistan was a successful model of imparting digital skills to youth, irrespective of their educational backgrounds and skill level, and enabling them to earn gainful employment. He stated that this programme could be replicated in other Muslim countries where there was a demand for such skill development programmes. Alvisaid that the proposal to hold the 16th General Assembly Meeting of COMSTECH in the second half of 2023, should be explored. He appreciated various initiatives taken by COMSTECH in many Muslim countries for the provision of skills to the students and providing health facilities in lessdeveloped countries. The president appreciated the award of 20 fellowships/scholarships to students of Kazakhstan through the Association of Private Sector Higher Education Institutions and Universities in Social Sciences of Pakistan in collaboration with COMSTECH.

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