ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – May 29, 2022): The first board meeting of the “Creating Archives of Intelligentsia of Pakistan” chair recently established by Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) was held yesterday .
The Vice-Chancellor, AIOU, Professor Zia Ul-Qayyum, outlined the main objectives of the new Chair of History.
He said AIOU has set up a chair to record and preserve oral history on multi-disciplinary topics to reconnect our future generation with our history to accelerate the pace of ideological and intellectual development.
Professor Dr. Samina Awan, who occupied this chair, prepared the convocation of the meeting.
Senior Advisor (PMU) Mohammad Rafique Tahir, Organizer, President of Iqbal, Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Hasan Raza, former DGRS, Inamullah Sheikh and Dr. Abdul Basit Mujahid participated in the meeting. Professor Dr Iftikhar Haider Malik from Oxford, UK, Professor Dr Zahid Munir Amir from Punjab University in Lahore and Professor Dr Tahir Kamran from Beaconhouse National University in Lahore attended online.
Professor Halil Tokar from Istanbul, Turkey, a member of the Board of Trustees, was unable to attend due to his travel schedule.
Members strategized for the long-term goals of the chair, including topics for talks, an international conference on the Silk Road, as well as short-term goals for frequent oral history seminars on the regional campuses of Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar of AIOU.
An action plan designed to hold interviews in twin cities first and later across the country. Discussion held on holding oral history workshops for teachers working in the discipline of history across the country and identifying research topics for nomination of scholars.
Introducing the foreign board members Prof. Awan said the board members have extensive experience working on Pakistani chairs abroad such as Egypt, Cambridge, Oxford and Istanbul and d eminent scholars of Islam, Pakistan and the history of the region.
She resolved that their expertise will support the AIOU team to achieve the goals.
She added that an “online oral history archive” will be created under the guidance of the Center of Excellence, as envisioned by the worthy leadership of AIOU. Where social, cultural, economic, environmental, intellectual, public and regional history with its commonalities in diversity will be promoted.
Mohammad Rafiq Tahir, said the seed we plant today to preserve history will be a boon for future history scholars.
Professor Fateh Mohammad Malik said memories of Tehreek-e-Pakistan should also be preserved and interviews should be conducted with people who witnessed the creation of Pakistan.