AIOU takes a huge step to provide free education for Pakistan’s transgender community
The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Islamabad has introduced free education programmes for the transgender community across Pakistan.
The University aims that free schooling of the transgender will improve the living standard of one of probably the most uncared for segments of the society.
This step is an attempt for AIOU to achieve another milestone in providing the equal opportunity like other normal people as these are one of the most neglected segments of the society.
Earlier than this, AIOU is already working various programmes for the betterment of various marginalized and stigmatized teams.
Vice Chancellor of AIOU Professor Dr Shahid Siddiqui, while briefing the delegation media person stated, “We have a number of profitable programmes working for marginalized and stigmatized segments of the society. Now we’ve got determined to launch a programme for the amelioration of transgender folks of Pakistan.
He added by means of this programme, we hope to return their long-lost self-respect and dignity to them and make them accountable residents of the society.
Thus, the initiative for the schooling of transgender folks come as yet another step which AIOU has taken to contribute to the society.
He stated that AIOU has kept its coverage of offering free schooling to bodily handicapped and visually impaired college students for a number of years, to college students from Matriculation to PhD.
He added that after a successful pilot project in the main campus, we increase it to our 44 regional offices of the country, adding that these are available for use by any student who is interested in E-learning, irrespective of whether he or she is a student of AIOU.
Thus, the initiative for the education of transgender people comes as one more step which AIOU has taken to contribute to the society. “We have received a positive response from the community and have already started receiving applications for the programme,” the VC said.
According to the VC, the university also extended free education to special students and provided them with facilities such as a computerized accessibility centre in the central library which allowed visually impaired students to use the library independently.
Applicants to the programme were asked to approach the university to ensure their admission for semester autumn 2017.
The last date of admission was September 28, which was later extended to October 10, to allow a maximum number of aspirants to be admitted.