Islamabad (Agencies): Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will soon launch short courses for working journalists , both of print and electronic media, facilitating them to further strengthen their professional skills in relevant disciplines.

Eminent journalists will be invited as visiting faculty members to run these courses , said AIOU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Shahid Siddiqui while speaking at a seminar ‘Mulaqat’ held in the federal capital.

He hoped that the short duration journalism courses will meet the professional needs of the working journalists . The university’s Department of Mass Communication has already drafted contents of these courses , which he hoped, could be introduced within a few months.

Dr Shahid Siddiqui said he attached high importance to media, which has now emerged as a most strong social institution to serve society in the field of education. AIOU is actively engaged in disseminating research-based knowledge to public and end-users through the support of journalists .

A special quota for the working journalists was fixed in the recent year at the level of M.Phil and PhD to accommodate working journalists .

The courses include Scrip writing, Post-Production, Videography, and documentary.