ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) besides playing a pivotal role in promotion of education is working very seriously on advancement of research culture in Pakistan. The university has a distinction of publishing 20 research journals in different disciplines, said Prof. Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum, Vice Chancellor of AIOU.
While sharing his views on the recent upgradation of “Journal of Arabic Research” from annual to bi-annual on the recommendation of its Editorial Board, Prof. Zia Ul-Qayyum said “the essence of research lies in development
of society, and hence, researchers need to identify research problems which may find solutions to economic, political, social, cultural, strategic, and other problems the nation faces”.
He urged upon researchers, especially students and teachers of the AIOU to use modern approaches in research and besides intra-disciplinary topics they should work on inter-disciplinary areas, which according to him warrant more attention in the present age. It is pertinent to mention here that the Journal of Arabic Research is an HEC recognized “Y” category journal published by the Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies of the University.
He said that AIOU is playing a key role in promotion of research culture in the country, adding that the university publishes 20 research journals in different subject areas ranging from natural sciences, to social sciences and humanities. The university provides a conducive research environment to its students and teachers by facilitating research investigations/ projects and giving research incentive awards to its faculty members, and also sponsoring the best theses of its students, he further said.