AIOU Launches Free Education Program for the Transgender Community


With this program, the nation has undoubtedly taken a huge step towards growth and success.

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has recently introduced a free education program for the transgender community.

The best part – Transgenders, along with other people, celebrate this victory where equality and education has won yet again after tremendous efforts.

According to Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor of AIOU, the aim of this educational program is to empower transgenders and help them improve their living standards. Not to mention, it is bound to give them a sense of equality.

Pakistani people take Facebook and Twitter by storm in support of this revolutionary decision.

This positive step is bound to create a ripple effect in the society.

The VC further stated that the intended ideology behind this move is to return the lost dignity of the transgenders; so as to make them capable and functional citizens of the society.

People quickly started speculating for positive future endeavors.

As awareness grows, so does empathy. This is why more and more people are speaking up about the basic rights of the transgender community and how education is one of them.

There Is Still Hope

The future of transgender community is expected to improve.

This is not the first major stand that Allama Iqbal Open University took for the betterment of Pakistan’s education sector. The VC explained that they have already been running a free matriculation to PhD program for the handicapped citizens of the society. These students are provided with advanced technology aid to make their experience smooth and hassle-free.

That’s Not All!

Even jail inmates are a part of this open for all education system by AIOU. A setup of 44 regional offices has been created in order to facilitate students from all over the country. Dr. Siddiqui went on to elaborate how girls of underdeveloped areas who were pulled out of schools are being sent back through educational programs in Thatta, Chakwal, Kharian and Nankana Sahib.

“Under this programme in Thatta, 400 girls cleared grade-8 exams and 377 among them proceeded on to take the matriculation exams,” described the VC.

People are hopeful that these steps will lead to diversification of education through all sectors of Pakistan.

Will this step make any significant change in our society? What do you think?