International Islamic University (IIU) Rector Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and President Dr. Hathal Homoud Alotaibi, while inaugurating the digital studio and renovated conference room at Iqbal International Institute of Research and Dialogue (IRD) have vowed that the university will leave no stone unturned to meet all the contemporary requirements for the provision of quality education by adopting all the latest technological developments.
“Corona gave us a challenge, hiatus was not an option, we responded back and now the university is all set to introduce online degrees”, said Rector IIU while hailing the addition of a new studio at the IRD. He desired that the studio facility is a must in the prevailing situation in every faculty so that the dissemination of the message across the masses and the students be exquisitely made. He appreciated the efforts of the IIU President for online and distance learning and hoped that soon university will have an international repute for its ODL based education.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Hathal Homoud Alotaibi said that IIU is going to launch diploma and degree programs through its Directorate of Distance Education. He said these are the high times when we may reach the maximum people across the world and we may introduce our best faculty and researchers to the top institutions. He added that following the varsity’s ongoing ODL based policy, soon more international conferences and seminars will be held, while he mentioned the same is being done by utilizing the available resources in the best manner. Dr. Hathal said that IRD is one of the very important units of the university that is focused on the promotion of dialogue and a new strategic plan keeping in view its scope is being prepared.
On the occasion, Vice President (AF&P) Dr. N.B Jumani said that the university is heading towards an exquisite online education-based system and it is also mulling over a blended mode of education. Vice President (Academics) Dr. Ayaz Afsar said that the studio and the conference room are very useful additions to the university resources and it will be proved as a great contribution in the present situation. Vice President (HS&R ), Dr. Ahmed Shuja Syed said that IRD as per its scope has exemplary services and now its activities, through online mode, are being hailed across the world.
Dr. Husn ul Amin, Executive Director IRD, while thanking the university leadership said that the institute is focused on outreach programs and is also focusing on the societies where Muslims are in the minority. He said the institute, as per directions of the IIU President is also working to deal with the challenge of Islamophobia through research and dialogue.