ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will introduce a four-year degree program (BS) on ‘Seerat-un-Nabi’ from next semester (Spring 2019).
Such a program is being introduced for the first time in the country at the University’s level. This is the part of the University’s consistent efforts to promote the teachings of Quran and Sunnah in the country through academic pursuits, said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nasir Mahmood.
Meanwhile, the AIOU has also set up a ‘Seerat corner’ at its Central library to provide academic support to the students for conducting research work on teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that are relevant to contemporary time.
The Seerat Corner, containing updated information in form of books and journals will be a source of inspiration and guidance for the young generation to shape their life in accordance with the sayings and practices of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
In the recent years, the AIOU has achieved many distinctions in the field of Islamic Studies. It won five national awards on promotion of Seerat-un-Nabi’ (SAW) through its research-based academic work.
It was for first time that that the University was declared the best one among the higher educational institutions on writing research journal and articles by the Federal Ministry of Religious affairs with five awards.
Recently, a specialized research journal on Seerat Studies was launched.
It was most significant that the HEC has awarded three indexing agencies to AIOU for providing free online access to research articles, facilitating researchers and academicians. These include one on the Islamic studies.
According to the Dean Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies Prof. Dr. Shah Mohyuddin Hashmi, the University has set up an exclusive department to work on Seerat-un-Nabi that is now actively engaged in disseminating the message of the Holy Prophet (PBUP) among the young generation through various academic programs. – NNI