ISLAMABAD: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has directed all its faculties to begin online academic activities from June 1 if the university was not reopened due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, said a statement issued by the varsity on Thursday.
The decision was taken during the 77th meeting of the academic council of IIUI at its new campus on Thursday, the statement said.
The meeting discussed online viva voce exam for MS, PhD students, deliberations and decisions over Online Learning Management System (LMS), endorsements of the minutes of previous academic council meeting and other important agenda items.
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The participants of the council agreed that as per guidelines of Higher Education Commission (HEC), online classes would kick off in the university.
The council also decided to conduct online viva voice exams to save students from academic loss.
The meeting also discussed all possible circumstances including continuation of halted on-campus activities amid pandemic and preparations in response.
The participants also discussed steps to prevent and combat the spread of the coronavirus in the university.
The Pakistan Engineering Council's (PEC) guidelines for online teaching-learning and assessment implementation during Covid-19 pandemic were also discussed during the meeting.
The IIUI President Dr Al-Draiweesh called upon faculties to devise policy for online classes and urged them to ensure maximum benefits and exquisite implementation of LMS.
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He also directed that trainings for LMS must be conducted by all the faculties. The management and faculty together were working best to save academic loss, he added.
The IIUI president stressed for contemporary and relevant to the society research. He highlighted the importance of academic council and maintained that it was one of the most vital forums to pursue the university’s goal. The council made various decisions and issued recommendations and ended with a note that academic excellence would be pursued as top priority of the university.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2020.