“We might not be able to fully get away with COVID restrictions very soon and the situation demands from educators to develop online content” says Vice Chancellor UET Lahore Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar while speaking at the International Institute of Online Education (IIOE) training completion and certificate distribution ceremony.

Since its inception in the year 2020, IIOE has gradually developed into an educational platform that provides university staff with open and free ICT-related quality resources, and effective consultation and support to the academic crisis of HEIs caused by the global pandemic. UET Lahore, being chair of the presidency, is trying to create content on IIOE related to teacher professional development in line with the local demand of the country. For that matter, UET is geared up in getting its faculty and teachers hands on to the IIOE platform for its effective usage. Besides working at an institutional level, expansion of IIOE partnership among HEIs, enterprises, organizations, and government bodies within their own network also promotion of IIOE adoption and influence at provisional and national levels is on cards.

With a mission to empower university educators and professionals with data literacy, IIOE multilevel training series (Big Data General Level) was kicked off on September 28,2020. Training completion certificates & Gifts distribution ceremony for UET participants was organized on Wednesday afternoon at Vice Chancellor’s conference room. Vice Chancellor and chair IIOE Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Director KICS Dr. Waqar Mahmood, Dean Faculty of Chemical Engineering Dr. Naveed Ramzan, Dean Faculty of Electrical Engineering Dr. Muhammad Kamran, Dean Faculty of Natural sciences, humanities and Islamic studies Dr. Shahid Rafique, Dean Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Nadeem Mufti, Dean Faculty of Earth Sciences & Engineering Dr. Zubair Abubakar, Dean Faculty of Architecture Dr. Rizwan Hameed, Dean Faculty of Civil Engineering Dr. Habib ul Rehman and Faculty members graced the occasion with their presence.

Director KICS, Dr. Waqar Mehmood briefed the participants with some thoughtful insights of IIOE-UET Lahore partnership and milestones that have been achieved under this collaboration. While speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chancellor UET Lahore and Chair IIOE Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar stressed the importance of active participation from faculty and asked deans to disseminate the message strongly among their faculty and research staff. We might not be able to fully get away with COVID restrictions very soon and the situation demands from educators to develop online content.

Dr. Mansoor while speaking as a chief guest of the ceremony expressed his greeting to the successful participants and specially thanked Dr. Waqar Mehmood and his team for putting in efforts to make it happen successfully.

At the end, certificates along with gifts from IIOE were distributed among participants and dignitaries. The ceremony was concluded with a group photo of participants with the distinguished guests.

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