Islamabad - A national policy on Open Distance Learning (ODL) will be formulated soon to provide a guideline to relevant institutions for promoting literacy and higher education through a unified and effective mode of education.

The policy’s recommendations will be evolved at a three-day national conference, being held here this month. It is being organised by the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The AIOU, being the oldest public sector institution in distance learning in the country and Asian region as well, wishes to play a leading role in the formation of national policy on ODL, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui.

The conference’s recommendations will be presented to the federal government for its approval and implementation. It will be participated by the heads of about 15 institutions, which are engaged in the distance learning education. Representatives of member countries from commonwealth of learning have also been invited for taking benefit from their expertise and experience in promotion of open distance learning.

The national policy on ODL will help expand educational network and improve quality of education through non-formal or online system as well as its acceptability in the society. It will also be in line with the government’s policy to promote online learning, Dr Shahid Siddiqui added. During the three-day deliberations, the conference will address the issues like development of academic courses and other relevant material, besides ODL’s delivery system and mood of teaching.