Vice Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University Prof. Nazir Ahmed Sangi, who was in the United States with a Pakistani delegation under a State Department program, has urged greater people-to-people contacts to help foster understanding between the two countries.
Dr. Sangi was a member of the delegation from different Pakistani universities that are establishing links with American institutions of higher learning as part of efforts to raise the standard of education.
His university is linked with San Jose University and is working to offer up-to-date online studies in computer sciences and striving to make advances in the services of e-campuses.
“Our presentation was greatly appreciated. What we are looking at now is to apply same technological standards in all departments in which the AIOU imparts education to thousands of students,” he said in an interview.
Sangi applauded the opportunities the United States offers for progress in various fields and was delighted to meet a former student of the AIOU, who is now spearheading a company in the Silicon Valley that employs 600 experts.
During the visit, Sangi also had the opportunity to attend a conference on South Asia in Madison, Wisconsin, where researchers shared their findings on challenges facing the regional countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, as well as issues like Kashmir. The conference was arranged by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.
“What I noticed was the need for more and more Pakistanis to take part in research and present Pakistan’s point of view —- in this respect, I feel that we need to reach out to the Americans to tell the story of our region and counter the one-sided narrative on Pakistan and its problems.”
“I think people-to-people contacts in educational fields will help promote better understanding between our two countries — We need to do two things, encourage research in Pakistan on different subjects and also seek Pakistani-Americans’ help in this regard.”