Air University organises e-Olympiad to engage with students amid coronavirus lockdown

61 online events would be held from April 19 to April 23, says official statement


News Desk April 18, 2020
61 online events will be held from April 19 to 23. PHOTO: AIR UNIVERSITY

Air University in Islamabad has announced organising Pakistan's "first-ever" e-Olympiad for the promotion of "e-edutaiment" in a bid to engage with the students as they remain confined to their homes amid the coronavirus lockdown.

"Total 61 online events would be held, under the guidance and support of Air University Directorate of Student Affairs, from the 19th to 23rd of April, 2020," according to a varsity's statement issued on Saturday.

The event, named as "Air e-Nexus'20", would also explore new horizons of opportunities under the concepts emerged from Covid-19 outbreak crisis, namely work from home and remote learning through the effective use of online digital tools, including e-LMS, said the statement.

In this regard, Air University further announced that it will donate all proceeds from the event to the government's Covid-19 relief fund.

"We wish to return the spark that the youth of Pakistan think they have lost in their lives because of Covid-19," the statement said.

The prominent events of the olympiad comprise e-competitions among university students ranging from writing challenges to engineering designs, quizzes, donation drives, designing public service messages through videography, photography, animation and various other skill-based competitions.

"The objective of this whole extravaganza is to encourage students to promote the use of technology in education and revive the Nexus to e-Nexus, as an innovative initiative, for making some valuable contribution to the knowledge economy in digital age," the statement said, adding that the primary motive behind transforming annual Air Nexus event to e-Nexus is promoting a digital platform to help achieve the concept of digital Pakistan.

"Air e-Nexus'20 aims to prove itself one of the pivotal stepping stones through which the youth can bring a stark change in the minds and hearts of people, for the future of a dynamic and technologically advanced Pakistan," the statement concluded.

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