ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has developed a mechanism to update its curriculum and text books on urgent basis, said vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui.
Addressing the first working session of symposium on curriculum development in higher education, held here on Tuesday at AIOU, he said the academic documents become irrelevant and obsolete if these are not properly reviewed regularly according to contemporary needs.
The seminar was arranged by the Higher Education Commission.
Dr. Mahmoodul Hasan Butt, Ex-VC AIOU delivered key-note address at the working session, sharing with the participants global trends in curriculum development.
Promoting knowledge, skill and human values will be kept in view while redesigning and refining the curriculum, Dr. Shahid Siddiqui said, adding that teachers’ training is imperative to ensure execution of curriculum in the class room.
A teacher must be a role-model what he teaches to his students in the class.
If students are taught about discipline and good things first teacher should himself practice them to get the desired results.
The curriculum, he asserted should enable the students to get themselves well-adjusted socially and economically in their practical life.
Dr. Siddiqui further said with the explosion of knowledge and increasing development of technology higher education programs need to be frequently reviewed to keep pace with the needs of society and learners.
While bringing qualitative improvement in the overall AIOU’s academic and teaching system, revision of curriculum is being given top priority, he added.
All the academic departments of the University have been advised to undertake it on priority.