The two sides would benefit from each other's research programs in the field of Islamic, Social, Cultural and Iqbaliyat that would further strengthen the friendly relationship of both the countries, Vice Chancellor (VC) of AIOU, Prof. Dr. Mehmood-ul-Hassan said after a brief meeting with a 3-member delegation of PNU presided by Dr. Katib, the Chief Advisor and VC of PNU in Islamabad on Saturday.
Other members of the delegation including Dr Reza Ibrahimi, the Rector of PNU's Science College and Multi Media Education and Dr Narges Mohammad Badar, Director General of the PNU's International Relations department were present on the occasion.
Exchanging bilateral views over the distant learning programs, the VC of AIOU said the two neighboring countries had been enjoining brotherly relations for centuries and retained common interests in religion and culture and social programs.
He gave due credit to former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the pioneer of AIOU, which ranked the second big distant learning university across the world and holding top position in Asia.
The main purpose to establish the university was to facilitate the under privileged or those living in the remote areas or unable to access the formal education, he remarked.
Giving brief information about the progress of the university, Mehmood- ul Hassan said the University was worked out in more than 35 departments in which 1300 courses of various specialties had been taught.
He said all courses were taught from basic studies to PhD levels.
The Vice Chancellor hoped that in February 2009, the spring semester, total number of admission would reach to one million students.
He said the university degree was acceptable both in and outside the country. The university has successfully operated the educational programs in Central Asia, he remarked.
"AIOU's four years undergraduate program is another feather on his cap". VC said.
The educationist of Open University also provided academic course of developed countries to its students, he said, adding, for the last few years it had facilitated its students through Internet, F.M Radio and Video conferencing as well.
The University had also established a 'Science Complex' inside the campus building in which a science laboratory maintained. This institution worked out following the "Da-ul-Hikmah" developed in Baghdad to make scientific research in collaboration with the experts of Iran. The university had regularly published 'Research General' at international level.
Dr Katib, the VC of PNU, appreciated AIOU's major contribution in the field of science and technology.
He termed the university's efforts as the landmark development in Pakistani society.
While discussing the brief contribution of PNU, he said among 30 million Iranian students in the age of 18 to 20 years, one third had secured their admission at PNU.
He said Iran's largest printing press was functioning in the university.