(MENAFN - Arab News) The Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) has announced that it would be introducing bachelor of education (B.Ed) and diploma in education (D.Ed) courses for teachers training from the next academic year.
Mohammad Miyan, MANUU vice-chancellor, made the announcement during a meeting in Jeddah and disclosed that the university is also considering introducing new programs such as a masters in art (MA) in Arabic and Persian as well as masters in commerce, a vocational training diploma, undergraduate courses and MBA for distance learning students in the future.
The meeting was attended by community members, educationists and students to discuss various issues and to announce the university's future plans with regards to students in the Kingdom learning from afar.
Among those who attended the meeting were former Vice Chancellor A.M. Pathan, Professor Iqbal Ahmed, director of distance education, and Indian International School-Jeddah Principal Syed Masood Ahmed.
Stating that the main reason for his visit to Jeddah was to take stock of the situation at the Jeddah center, Miyan said the university's main objective was to provide educational opportunity to students who could not pursue higher education for some reason. The university seeks to promote Urdu language in particular and education in general and give priority to vocational and professional education besides focusing attention on women's education.
"Educating women is empowerment, women's education becomes an asset for generations. My main reason for visiting Jeddah is to get first-hand information on why enrollment is low, and if there are any hurdles, we will solve them. We are also looking into other areas of introducing new courses, increasing facilities for the students. There is need to improve the system and we are also planning to hire paid employees and establish a team which will assess students' assignments over here," he said.
"All the courses which are offered by regular boards can be introduced here. A masters in Islamic studies was recently introduced, and I think an MBA course will help many people here. We need to divide the course into three years, but right now we don't have an idea on how much material we have, and hence, it's in the pipeline. But B.Ed material is already available and we will introduce it here immediately," he said.
Miyan said the university was also planning to set up additional study and examination centers in Riyadh and Dammam, development of education centers through Indian schools and those who already received their degrees will have facility of attestation in Jeddah itself.
"There is only one hurdle - translation of books into Urdu, and we are trying hard to get this job done at the earliest to ensure that the books are available on time. MANUU is trying to have teachers who can motivate students to learn," he said.
"Urdu is a living language, and to keep it alive, we all need to work hard and ensure enrolment, no matter where they are and regardless of age," he said.
He said the university can take pride in stating that it had several courses on offer just like any other university, including computer applications, teachers training in different languages, model schools and civil services coaching centers.
Pathan underlined the need to encourage NRIs to enroll, "as this is the only non-commercial university offering services at such nominal and affordable fee."