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.
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
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
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
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.