ISLAMABAD: I am highly indebted to the Virtual University of Pakistan for its open courses. I would like to underscore that this service is benefiting people all over the country, especially those who are unable to afford higher and costly university education. I must appreciate Virtual University, its members and staff for their vision.
However, I would also like to suggest a few things that may be implemented which, I believe, will result in the betterment of the service. First, you could add a ‘counter’ on every course that could indicate how many times the file has been downloaded or viewed so that both users and the university administration may know how many people are benefiting from this service. Second, please increase the number of online courses, particularly subjects of law. Third, please include a few other international languages, such as Arabic and Russian, which are both widely spoken. Both these languages have special relevance to Pakistan. Arabic will benefit a wide range of people including students, scholars, immigrants and businessmen. Similarly, Russian is no less important than Arabic, particularly in the backdrop of the emerging Pakistan-Russia relationship.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2014.