MULTAN: A common online education programme will be introduced simultaneously in various Asian universities, including Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), by 2015. This was decided in a conference organised by the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) on Wednesday. In addition to BZU, three universities in India and two each in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam will participate in the programme. It was decided in the conference that the Commonwealth headquarters will be asked to help the member universities get access to all online programmes of MIT. The programme will be called the ‘open education resource’ (OER) and the universities will be able to make changes to the online modules according to their needs. The CEMCA director, Dr. Sanjay Mishra, said that OER courses will be offered free of charge. Delegations from China, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia attended the conference.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2014.