Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will hold an international conference on Pakistani languages on Friday to promote the same as a source of national integrity and cohesion.
The AIOU with around 1.3 million students and nearly eighty thousands teaching staff, having its 44 regional offices all over the country is a symbol of national integration and the forthcoming event will be a step forward achieving this cherished goal, said Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Siddiqui.
It is the third consecutive year, the AIOU is holding such event. Academicians and researchers from various Universities have been invited to deliberate on the topic ‘Colonial Literature and Pakistani languages’.
It provides platform to researchers and academicians to give their academic and intellectual input, as how to develop the language and literature as an instrument of national unity.
The AIOU is only University in the country that simultaneously provides learning facilities in regional languages, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Balochi, Brahui and Saraiki.
It extends teaching facility in regional languages at the level of matric, F.A and B.A in addition to that, it also offers short courses in Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi.
The University through educational pursuits fulfills it national responsibility to influence the peoples’ mind to adopt positive and constructive approach in the nation-building task, the VC said, while reviewing the conference’s arrangements.
The event will be organized by the University’s department of Pakistani Languages.