President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that access to knowledge ought to be easier for everyone and copyright should not be implemented on academic material of the universities.
Addressing the concluding ceremony of the three-day annual conference of Asian Association of Open Universities, hosted by the Virtual University in Islamabad, he said that poverty, illiteracy, and unemployment could be eliminated through economical goal-oriented education and easy access to knowledge for all.
Arif Alvi said that the internet is an affordable option to further expand knowledge horizons and stressed students to extensively benefit from digital technology devices, tablets, and laptops, for getting access to diverse reference material. He said that resistance to new technology and the latest educational system should be discouraged.
“Our society and bureaucratic systems resist modernization in the society and this attitude should change now.” The president said that the concept of a classroom and textbooks has changed altogether as computers, laptops, and tablets are part and parcel of the modern teaching methodology.
He highlighted that open distance learning is also a modern technique in which students are not bound to a specific place or time. He said that distance learning is getting popular in the world and lauded the role of the Virtual University and the Allama Iqbal Open University for imparting knowledge through open distance learning.
Later, President Arif Alvi gave away awards to prominent students of the open universities for their performance and presented souvenirs to organizers of the conference. It is pertinent to mention that some 450 representatives of the open universities from 12 countries attended the conference.