During the recently concluded 8th Pan Commonwealth Forum conducted at Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) conferred the title of “Honorary Fellow” on Dr. Naveed A. Malik, Rector Virtual University of Pakistan. The designation of COL Honorary Fellow recognizes outstanding individual contributions to distance education in areas such as: leadership and service, published works including courseware, lectures and presentations and mentorship. Consideration is typically limited to citizens of Commonwealth countries and designations are for life. COL names Honorary Fellows during the Pan-Commonwealth Forums, but does not seek nominations for this award.
The Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote development, sharing of open learning, distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. Dr. Malik is only the second Pakistani to be honored with the title.