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IIUI to increase students' enrolment

ISLAMABAD, April 25(Daily Times): The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) is planning to expand its infrastructure and increase student enrollment up to 30,000 by 2010, said Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, president of the university, while talking to reporters.

He said that presently the university had over 10,000 students out of whom 4,000 were female. He said the expansion of infrastructure included increasing the strength of faculty members and new buildings for hostels and classrooms.

Referring to setting up of university campuses in other cities, he said that so far there was no such plan as the Higher Education Commission (HEC) was discouraging it, however, IIUI was considering the launch of online and virtual education like other universities.

He expressed confidence that in a couple of years IIUI would be at par with other universities regarding HEC grading in science and technology subjects as it was improving its faculties of modern science.

Siddiqui said IIUI, which came in to existence in 1985, was initially an institution of religious education, but later on modern education was also included in its charter and its degrees were acceptable at the international level.

He said that a new faculty of Applied Sciences had been set up in IIUI while a faculty of Engineering and Technology would be functional within a few days.

He said that eight faculties including business administration, computer sciences, education, Islamic studies, Sharia, Arabic language, social sciences and economics were already operational. Siddiqui said the university was working on a plan to set up faculties for all fields of studies.

He said the government had provided 704 acres of land to the University in Sector H-10 and that major departments had already been shifted to the new campus and that a plan was underway to open new departments there.

He said four attached institutions of the university were working to promote research and training. He said the IIUI's Dr Hamidullah Library had over 150,000 Islamic books and that it was the biggest library in Pakistan in this regard.

He said the Daawa Academy of the university was working to promote Islamic values, tolerance and brotherhood. The university was working to launch online programmes for promoting a real image of Islam and the Daawa Academy was already broadcasting Islamic programmes through FM Radio and the Internet, he added.

He said that IIUI gave special importance to research activities and the Islamic Institute of the University was actively engaged in publishing quality books.
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