Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad Campus
The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is a public sector university in Islamabad offering distance-learning. The university is the world’s fourth-largest institution of higher education and learning, with an annual enrollment of 1,121,038 students, out of which most are women, and course enrollment of 3,305,948. The University has 44 regional campuses and centers throughout Pakistan. The Allama Iqbal Open University came into being in May, the year 1974, with the main aim of giving educational chances to the masses and to those who have issues in leaving their homes and jobs. During the past few years, the university has already fulfilled its promise.
Allama Iqbal Open University is a smart choice for people who can not afford an expensive education at Pakistan’s private universities. Online learning is often delivered free of charge or at a low cost to the user. It is Asia’s first open university with a heavy focus on offering distance learning in philosophy, natural science, and social sciences. It has the largest number of students every year of any university in Pakistan. AIOU is open to all and educates all without discrimination.
Currently, the University is attempting to figure out the need. The government’s policy to encourage the private sector in these fields has made professional and technical education in Pakistan very expensive, especially in recent years. The lower middle classes are ignored and their children have relatively little chances to obtain a high degree of education in areas such as business management and computer science, medicine, and engineering. The AIOU aims to overcome this problem by keeping the cost to a low and establishing a Student Assistance Fund for these classes.
The Allama Iqbal Open University has given up educational opportunities for the people who are doing jobs and has given ingress to the females on their doorsteps. AIOU has also done instigating work in the field of Mass Education. As well, AIOU is now bringing new platforms in the fields of professional, scientific, and technical education. Similarly, AIOU also trying to tackle modern information Technology for extending education in Pakistan. The motto of AIOU is ‘Education for All’. Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is affiliated with the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) – Admissions, Departments, and Scholarships
The studies at Allama Iqbal Open University are semester-based. The academic year is split into two semesters, i.e. Spring and Autumn. General education and functional courses are offered every semester. Ph.D., M. Phil, M.Sc/M. Ed and Teacher Education Programs are offered once a year. The study period for each semester generally ends 18 weeks, along with two weeks for exam preparation. AIOU admission criteria are,
Selection Criteria for Undergraduate Programs
1. Applicants must have 12-years of education with at least 45% marks (2 Division) or equivalent from a recognized institute.
2. Students having A-level must provide an equivalence certificate by the Intermediate Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC).
3. 50% marks in the entry test.
Selection Criteria for Graduate Programs
1. Applicants must have completed 16-years of education with 45% marks (2 Division) or equivalent or 2.5 CGPA.
2. GAT-General with a minimum 50% cumulative score will be required.
Selection Criteria for Postgraduate Programs
1. 16-years of field related education From HEC recognized university with at least CGPA 3/4 or first division in annual system.
2. GAT (subjective) with at least 50% marks.
The university has instigated a large range of undergraduate, graduate, Master’s, M.Phil, and Doctoral programs. The university also provides basic functional courses for unlettered and semi-literates. These programs have given distinction to the University as compared to other educational institutions of Pakistan as it regales to the requirements of all age groups and education levels. The existing programs include Ph.D. programs, M.Phil programs, Master’s programs, B.Ed program, Bachelor program, Higher Secondary School Certificate (Intermediate), Secondary School Certificate (Matric), Post Graduate Diploma (PGD), and STEP/Functional Non-Credit/Certificate Courses.
The merit scholarship will be there for the students enrolled in any program. The scholarship will provide an initiative to build competition among students. The students scoring 75% and above marks will be eligible for merit scholarship according to the availability of funds. Apart from this, other scholarships being provided by the university include the ‘earn to learn’ scheme, outreach scholarship scheme, final year project grant scheme, scholarship for communities, scholarship for women, and alumni-sponsored scholarship.
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Like ORIC is established in all the universities of Pakistan so AIOU also has an ‘Office of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization’ for maintaining a research culture at university. ORIC focuses on converting research into business in affiliation with other international institutes. The research is based on knowledge, marketing criteria, and problem-solving. The Allama Iqbal Open University has many other research facilities for students and faculty members to promote the relationship with industry.
Seminars and Workshops are very helpful for students they provide a platform to the students on which they can improve their skills. Students have the opportunity to exchange their ideas, build connections, and learn from experts. AIOU used to arrange various workshops and seminars for the betterment of students and faculty. Some of them are;
– 1st International Conference on “Business Dynamics ” was conducted on 20, Feb 2017.
– 2nd International Conference on “Recent Trends in Chemistry” was held on 24th-25th, November 2016.