ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has urged all the universities and other higher educational institutions to provide online education to avoid students’ academic loss in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
The president expressed these views during a presentation given by Vice-Chancellor of Baltistan University Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan, through a video conference, according to a press release.
The President said the world education institutions had switched over to paperless environment and the Pakistani education organizations also required assuming the culture of Innovative Information and Communication Technologies, especially in the pandemic crisis.
The university needed to focus on research and innovation as well as strengthen its linkages with national and international universities so as to promote quality education in the country, president Alvi added.
He mentioned that social media tools were changing rapidly and public departments needed to make sure easy access of the public to the government offices through effective use of these modern technologies.
He said the COVID-19 epidemic had affected the education sector all over, adding that the challenge could be met by encouraging and promoting the culture of online education.
The President lauded the steps taken by the management of University for arranging online classes for students as well as promoting education in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.
The Vice-Chancellor highlighted different initiatives taken by the University for the promotion of education.