ISLAMABAD (Sarzameen News)- Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will soon launch degree programs, Master, M.Phil and PhD- level on ‘Seerat-un- Nabi’(SAW).
Outlines of the courses have already prepared and got approved from the University’s Academic Council, this was announced by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui on the advent of Ramzan-ul-Mubarik.
The University will arrange competition for writing books on ‘Seerat-un- Nabi’ on annual basis and the best book will be awarded special prize.
The University has recently 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 AIOU 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.
A separate department on Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) has been set up to exclusively work on the teaching of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
According to the Chairman, Department of Seerat Studies, Dr. Moinnuddin Hashmi the annual enrollment in this discipline at BA-level has reached around 70,0000. This is the something unprecedented in the history of AIOU. The teaching of Seerat-un-Nabi was going on successfully at the Matric and F.A. level.
The University has decided to hold third international Seerat conference in October next.
It has also been planned to publish encyclopedia on Seerat-un-Nabi. A series of ‘Khutbat-e–Islamabad’ has also been launched by the Department of Islamic Thoughts, Culture and History, through which special talks are regularly arranged on the contemporary issues in light of Quran and Sunnah.
The future plan to expand the academic work on Seerat-un-Nabdi also includes setting up Seerat Center and a special library. It has also been decided to prepare a short-course on the subject for the University’s employees.