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AIOU-Allama Iqbal Open University


Introduction:

The Allama Iqbal Open University ( aka AIOU) is in Islamabad, Pakistan which was established in 1974 and that time is was the the world’s 2nd largest university and 1stin Asia and Africa. It is a public university. The annual enrollment of this university is almost 1,121,038 students and, in the ranking, it is the world’s fourth-largest institution of higher learning. Majority of students are women and have a total course enrollment of about 3,305,948 (2011). This university has almost 44 regional campuses as well centers throughout Pakistan including different big cities like Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, etc.
As we know everyone not able to afford higher studies expenses so, it is an attractive and best option for people who cannot afford the expensive education in Pakistan’s private institutes and the best option for those who are not able to join regular classes and hostels expenses. There is a free or minimal cost for online learning, which provide an easy and affordable way of learning. The idea of ​​distance learning has gained relevance and acceptance in Pakistan due to the factors of poverty and relative disadvantage for women. The literacy rate, frequency of early school leavers and excesses in higher education is much lower among the poorest classes in Pakistan. The incidence of poverty is much higher in rural areas where formal education is much less established.

Objectives and Emphasis:

It was established in 1974 and is Asia’s first and best open university with main and strong emphasis on providing distance education in philosophy, natural science, social sciences and many more.
Allama Iqbal open university offers extensive undergraduate and post-graduate programs.
it is an attractive and best option for people who cannot afford the expensive education in Pakistan’s private institutes and the best option for those who are not able to join regular classes and hostelsexpenses.

Administration and governance:

Chancellor (President of Pakistan)
Pro-Chancellor IS (Federal Minister for Education, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training)
Vice Chancellor (Chief Executive Officer/Head of the institution)
Executive Council (Governing Body)

Affiliations:

Allama Iqbal Open University is affiliated with Higher Education Commission (Pakistan) and
Pakistan Engineering Council.

Salient Features:

·         Semester system which is offered twice a year (Spring and Autumn)
·         The biggest university in Pakistan with an average student enrolment of more than 1.2 million per annum.

Faculties and departments:

Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies:

Which includes further;

Faculty of Education:

The Faculty of Education has the following departments:

Faculty of Sciences:

It comprises the following nine departments:

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities:

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities has 13 departments:



Commemorative postage stamp:

AIOU has its commemorative postage stamp which was issued by Pakistan Post On the university’s 25th anniversary.

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