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International Pure Mathematics Conferences: A Short History
Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad

Objectives

To acquaint the mathematical community with the latest trends in mathematics, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th International Pure Mathematics Conferences were organized in Islamabad in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. In order to join the ranks of advanced nations, an appropriate strong base in fundamental research in mathematics is a necessary impetus for economic growth, technological advancement and scientific activity. The primary aim of organizing such conferences is to enhance the understanding of the mathematics and to provide an opportunity to working mathematicians to exchange ideas with their colleagues at the national and international level.

The 20th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2019 is a sequel of nineteen conferences which have been organized annually since 2000 in Islamabad. It will provide a stimulating opportunity to meet experts from various countries.

International Pure Mathematics Conferences: A Short History

Research is a global activity and in order to keep abreast with the latest trends, one of the important steps is to arrange conferences at national and international levels that can provide impetus to our mathematicians for research in all areas of mathematics. In this way the innate talent in our mathematicians can be enhanced and the quality in research output can be improved considerably

It was in this spirit that the 1st Pure Mathematics Conference 2000 held in Islamabad on 8th August 2000, was organized by Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his group with the help of Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

Without the encouragement and active participation of Pakistani mathematicians working abroad as expatriates, this activity would not have taken off so successfully.

At the end of the conference, it was decided that the Pure Mathematics Conference should take place every year. Therefore, the 2nd Pure Mathematics Conference 2001, held in Islamabad from 8th to 9th August 2001, was again organised by Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group with the help of the Pakistan Science Foundation and Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

The 3rd Pure Mathematics Conference 2002 hosted by Allama Iqbal Open University, was a sequel to the previous Pure Mathematics Conferences. Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, Pakistan Science Foundation and Pakistan Mathematical Society sponsored the Third Pure Mathematics Conference 2002.

The 4th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2003 was an international activity organized by the Department of Mathematics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and the Pakistan Mathematical Society. It was co-sponsored by the Pakistan Science Foundation, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited and COMSATS.

The 5th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2004 was a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and again the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group.

The 6th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2005 was a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group.

The 7th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2006 was a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group.

The 8th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2007 was  a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group.

The 9th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2008 was a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group.

The 10th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2009 was a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group.

The 11th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2010 was a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group.

The 12th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2011 was a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group.

The 13th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2012 was a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group.

The 14th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2013 was a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group.

The 15th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2014 was again a joint venture of Mathematics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University and Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers were Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group again.

The 16th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2015 was  a joint venture of Mathematics Department of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the Advanced Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers are Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group again.

The 17th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2016 was  a joint venture of Mathematics Department of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the Advanced Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers are Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group again.

The 18th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2017 was  a joint venture of Mathematics Department of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the Advanced Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers are Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group again.

The 19th International Pure Mathematics Conference 2018 was  a joint venture of Mathematics Department of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the Advanced Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Pakistan Mathematical Society and the organizers are Professor Qaiser Mushtaq and his research group again.

Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad

Welcome to Allama Iqbal Open University, the largest university of Asia in distance education, which primarily focuses on the educational needs of masses by providing quality education at their doorsteps all over the country and by blurring spatial and temporal boundaries. Currently, the university offers unique educational opportunities to a huge proportion of 1.4 million students in a diverse and dynamic range of programs starting from Matriculation to the PhD level.

The University exclusively focuses on enhancing female literacy ratio in the country so that women can perform their vital role in the process of national progress and development. The university takes same special initiatives for the underprivileged and marginalized segments of the society not only for their economic empowerment but also for poverty alleviation in the country. 

The university’s academic staff is constantly engaged in the process of curriculum revision to meet the challenges of ever changing dynamics of higher education. We are committed to provide state of the art facilities to our students by opening up new portals of academic and professional excellence. 

Brief History

The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.

The idea of Distance Education was first mooted in UK in late 60s by the British Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson. He was of the view, that educational opportunities must be provided to those who might have missed better education due to early employment and wish to upgrade, their knowledge and skills, in their spare times in the evenings at home. The UK Open University was, thus established in 1969. Since then it has become a major institution of learning in UK and has opened up opportunities for millions of working people. The gospel of distance and Open Learning has, since then spread throughout the world. More than sixty Open Universities are operating around the world on the basis of Distance Education. Modern information Technology has made the task of Distance Education much easier and effective.

The AIOU, when established in 1974, was the second Open University in the world and first in Asia and Africa. It, thus, speaks of the foresight of the policy-makers of that time. As these past years of AIOU have proved, Distance Education has opened up new opportunities for millions, particularly women, and supplemented the efforts of the federal and provincial governments in a big way and that too without becoming a burden on their resources.

Latterly, the University is trying to fulfill another current need. Professional and technical education in Pakistan is becoming very costly, especially in recent years, because of government policy to encourage private sector in these fields. The lower middle class and poorer classes are being marginalized and their children have very little chance to get high education in fields like Business Administration, Computer Science, Medicine and Engineering. The AIOU is attempting to meet this challenge and to keep a window open for these classes by keeping the costs at the minimum and by creating a Student Assistance Fund.

Objectives

The main objectives of the University as enunciated in the Act are as under:

  • To provide educational facilities to people who cannot leave their homes and jobs in such manner as it may determine.
  • To provide such facilities to the masses for their educational uplift as it may determine.
  • To provide facilities for the training of teachers in such manner as it may determine.
  • To provide for instruction in such branches of learning technology or vocations as it may deem fit, and to make provision for research and for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in such manner as it may determine.
  • To hold examinations and to award and confer degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions.

Salient Features

Allama Iqbal Open University, since its establishment has been providing and expanding its educational and training facilities to help working people and females to enhance their qualification and occupational skills. Main features of AIOU may be described as under: Institutional Profile

  • Operating semester system offered twice a year i.e. Spring and Autumn.
  • The biggest university in the country with average student enrolment of more than 1.4 million per year.
  • More than 2000 courses being offered.
  • 9 regional campuses, 33 regional centers, 41 approved study centers (for face-to-face programs) and 138 part-time regional coordinating offices.
  • 1172 Study Centers are established throughout Pakistan.
  • The largest publishing house in Pakistan printing over 1.8 million books annually.
  • The largest Teacher Education institution in Pakistan with average enrolment of above 400,000 Students
  • The first university in Pakistan to establish the student Database.
  • Computerization at main campus and the regions by provision of around 700 PCs.
  • Provision of networking facilities between the main campus and the region to exchange data/information and redressal of students’ complaints.
  • Provision of Internet service at the main campus.
  • Establishment of Resource Centre for Basic Functional Education (mainly for illiterates), Literacy and Post Literacy materials.
  • Pioneer institution in Pakistan to offer post-graduate level programmes in Special Education.
  • Well established Institute of Educational Technology (IET) having in-house facilities for production of TV, Radio and non-broadcast programmes.

WEBSITE: https://www.aiou.edu.pk

ADDRESS:   Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad

Ashfaq Ahmed Road, Sector H-8, Islamabad,

 Islamabad Capital Territory 44000 Pakistan

(051) 111-112-468

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