Introduction to Allama Iqbal Open University
Introduction to Allama Iqbal Open University
The Largest Educational Institution in Pakistan
Allama Iqbal Open University is an educational institution of the Government of Pakistan established by an Act of Parliament of Pakistan in 1974. All the degrees, certificates and educational programs of the AIOU are recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Allama Iqbal Open University got the status of the Mega University in year 2010. The slogan of the AIOU is “Education for All”. At present, the AIOU is offering its educational programs for Pakistani citizens living throughout the Pakistan as well as GCC countries i.e. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. The university offers its educational programs through Distance Learning and Online Mode of study which is most feasible for the people doing job as well as the women who cannot afford to attend the educational programs in formal education system. The university has issued million of the degrees and certificates to its students during last 43 years. The AIOU has a permanent status of the Worlds Second Distance Learning University and Asia’s first Open University. At present the course wise enrollment of the students is more than 1 million.
Affordable Education at Allama Iqbal Open University
As concern the fees of the AIOU, it is very affordable and cost effective especially for the low income people. For example fee for matriculation exam is about Rs. 3000/- charged by all the boards which is only for examination, students have to arrange books, tuition and other things separately but AIOU is charging approximately Rs. 1000 each semester which is inclusive of necessary items i.e books, admission fee, tuition fee, assignments evaluation, exam and even issuance of certificate. Likewise, fees of different educational programs is intermediate Rs. 1500 each semester, bachelors 2000 each semester, masters Rs. 10,000 each semester, M.Phil Rs. 12,000 each semester and same for the Ph.D programs.
Easy and Comfortable Educational Programs
As mentioned above, the AIOU is offering its educational programs through distance learning and online mode of study which is easy and feasible for all the people those who are doing job or business or house wives those cannot afford to attend the formal educational system. The distance learning system of the AIOU has been developed on the model of British Open University which allows the freedom to the students for assessments of their studies i.e. 30% of the assessment is connected with the assignments which are carried at home by the students and 70% assessment is done through final examinations which are conducted at the Examination Centers spread throughout the country as well as in the Gulf Countries. All the courses of AIOU have been developed on the functionality of self study. A student can learn him/her self all these courses.
Help and Support
Allama Iqbal Open University provides a state of the art support and help to its students via its more than forty Regional Centers spread throughout the country. Not only the Regional Centers are providing support to the students, the University has established a support center equipped with the latest technology in form of web portals and help line which is operated from its Headquarters at Islamabad. Besides this all hundreds of the coordinators have been appointed by the University at Tehsil level who provide support to the students. The University has appointed more than 150,000 part time tutors to provide tutorial support and to perform continuous assessment of the study which is also very helpful for the students.
Educational Programs offered by the Allama Iqbal Open University
Allama Iqbal Open University is offering educational programs from basic literacy to Ph.D education with vast level facilities for its students. Detail of some of educational programs is given below:
- Matriculation / Secondary School Certificate
This program is offered for the students who dropped out from their education before completion of matric/secondary school certificate. For admission to matric program, the students are required to have middle school passing certificate or matric fail certificate. This program is comprises upon four semesters i.e. two years study period having 8 credit hours study.
- Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate
Intermediate program offered by the AIOU is very comprehensive foundation educational program for the students having matric certificate. This program is offered in three disciplines i.e. Intermediate Science, Intermediate General Group, Intermediate in Computer Science and Intermediate in Commerce group. Requirements for admission to intermediate programs are passing matriculation exam from any Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education or Allama Iqbal Open University or equivalent certificate issued by any foreign board/university and equalized by the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen.
- Bachelor Degree Programs offered by Allama Iqbal Open University
Allama Iqbal Open University offers a variety of educational programs at bachelor level. These are fourteen year education programs after completion of the intermediate in the relevant subject. At present the AIOU is offering Associate Degree in Commerce (A.D), Associate Degree in Education – In-Service (1-Year), Associate Degree in Education (2-Years), Associate Degree in Education (3-Years), Associate Degree in Education (A.D), B.S (Chemistry), B.S (Enviromental Sciences), B.S (Micro Biology) 4 Years, B.S IN PHYSICS (4 YEARS), B.S IN STAT. (4 YEARS), B.S MATH.(4 YEARS), Bachelor in Mass Communication, Bachelor of Library and Information Sciences, Bachelor of Arts (General Group), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com), Bachelor of Dars-e-Nizami, Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) and Certificate in Librarianship.
- Teachers Training Educational Programs (Bachelor Level) offered by Allama Iqbal Open University
The AIOU have been offering a wide range of teachers training educational programs during last four decades i.e. PTC, CT, A.T, B.Ed and M.Ed etc. but due to change of the policy of Government of Pakistan now Allama Iqbal Open University is offering Bachelor of Education programs in three categories i.e. B.Ed (1.5 years) for masters degree holders, B.Ed (2.5 years) for bachelor degree holders and B.Ed (4 years) for intermediate pass students.
- Short Term Educational Programs offered by Allama Iqbal Open University
Short Term Educational Programs (STEPS) are a wide range variety professional certificate courses offered by the AIOU through distance learning system. These programs are offered for the students having ability to read and write the required course i.e. in Urdu and English Languages. Some of the programs need educational qualification and some of technical courses need attendance at the study/technical center. Following course are offered by the AIOU as STEPS. Morghbani, gharailo zarai amoor, dairy farming, nafa bakhsh zarai mohartai, farm machinery, tail daar faslo ki kasht, jadeed zarat, baghbani ky amli tareeqy, podo ki hifazat, al-lisan ul arabi , arabic teachers training course, arbi bol chal, french online, lughatul quran, agricultural sciences, child care (urdu, everyday english (english/urdu), population welfare (urdu), motor car maintenance (english), food and nutrition (urdu), selling of home made products, garment making-i, garment making-ii, family health & care, first aid-i, first aid-ii, education, front office, house keeping , food & beverage service, food preparation, pastry and bakery, successful intrational marketing begins at home :an introduc, the world of international business, export marketing research: organization conduct and analysis, product adaptation for export, export channel management, the cultural dimension of international business negotiation, export marketing promoting your product, international transportation and physical distribution, costing for export, pricing for export, getting paid: managing your money, legal aspects of foreign trade: the export transaction, export strategy: developing an export marketing plan, materials management: warehousing purchasing handling and, materials management: packing storage standaradization, marketing for executives, improving yours skills in business communication, modern approaches to business, promoting your goods in the market, everyday business law, banking laws and practice, principles of insurance, pakistan’s foreigh policy determinants and evaluation, pakistan’s relations with neighbouring countries, changing dynamics of pakistan’s foreign policy from hipolar, pakistan’s relations with muslim world and third world, arabic of daily use (urdu & arabic) + audio, arabic for doctors (urdu & arabic) + audio, arabic for engineer (urdu & arabic) + audio, advertising (urdu, public relationing(urdu, basic of daily use audio urdu punjabi sindhi baluchi pushto, journalism, arabic, refugees law, gharailo barqi alat ki daikh baal, electrician, gharailo barqi alat ki daikh baal, radio servicing and auto mechanics.
- Masters Degree Programs offered by Allama Iqbal Open University
Allama Iqbal Open University is offering a large variety of Master Degree Programs for its students. These programs are offered for the students who have completed their Bachelor Degree from any Pakistani University or foreign university which requires the equivalency and attestation of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. At present, the AIOU is offering following master degree programs.
Masters of Arts Arabic
Masters of Arts Education (DNFE)
Masters of Arts Education (Teacher Education)
Masters of Arts History
Masters of Arts Islamic Studies
Masters of Arts Special Education
Masters of Arts Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Masters of Arts Urdu
M.Ed in Elementary Teacher Education (ETE)
M.Ed. In Distance & Non-Formal Education (DNFE)
M.Ed. In Science Education, M.Ed. In Special Education, M.Ed. In Teacher Education, M.Sc Enviromental Sciences, M.Sc SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN, Masters of Science (Hons) Rural Development, Masters of Science Agricultural Extension, Masters of Science Botany, Masters of Science Chemistry, Masters of Science Economics, Masters of Science Forestry Extension, Masters of Science Gender & Women Studies, Masters of Science Mass Communication, Masters of Science Mathematics, Masters of Science Microbiology, Masters of Science Pakistan Studies, Masters of Science Physics, Masters of Science Sociology, Masters of Science Statistics, Masters of Science (Hons) LiveStock, MA Education Educational Planning & Management (EPM), Master in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS), Master in Commerce (M.Com), MBA 2-1/2 Banking and Finance (B&F), MBA 2-1/2- Human Resource Management (HRM), MBA 2-1/2 Information Technology (IT), MBA 2-1/2 Marketing, MBA 3-1/2 Banking and Finance (B&F), MBA 3-1/2- Human Resource Management (HRM), MBA 3-1/2 Information Technology (IT), MBA 3-1/2 Marketing, MBA 3-1/2 Rural Management, MBA Executive (Col. MBA/MPA), MSc Television Production Program, PGD in EPM, PGD Mass Comm, Post Graduate Diploma in Gender & Women Studies, Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL),
- M.Phil / MS Programs offered by the Allama Iqbal Open University
Being a Mega University, the AIOU is not only offering its educational programs but it also compete the market for its research based programs of M.Phil and MS which have international standard. Requirement for admission to these eighteen years educational programs are holding masters degree in the same subject with second division. The AIOI is offering following M.Phil and MS programs. Misters of Philosophy (Science Education), Misters of Philosophy (Special Education), Misters of Philosophy Arabic, Misters of Philosophy Chemistry, Misters of Philosophy Economics, Misters of Philosophy Education in Distance and Non-formal Education (DNFE), Misters of Philosophy Educational Planning & Management (EPM), Misters of Philosophy History, Misters of Philosophy in Pakistani Languages and Literature, Misters of Philosophy Iqbal Studies, Misters of Philosophy Islamic Studies (General), Masters of Philosophy in Islamic Studies (Quran & Tafseer), Misters of Philosophy Mass Communication, Misters of Philosophy Math, Misters of Philosophy Pakistan Studies, Misters of Philosophy Physics, Misters of Philosophy Statistics, Misters of Philosophy Teacher Education, Misters of Philosophy Urdu, M.PHIL(EDUCATION) . ETE, Misters of Science (18 year research based) Community Health & Nutrition (Revised Scheme), Misters of Science (18 year research based) Computer Science, Misters of Science (18 year research based) Management Sciences, MS Environmental Design (Old Scheme For Continuing Students) and MS Environmental Design (Revised Scheme For Fresh Admissions).
- Ph.D Programs offered by the Allama Iqbal Open University
For Research Scholars, Allama Iqbal Open University is offering a wide range of Ph.D programs. Admission requirements to the Ph.D educational and research programs are holding a M. Phil or MS degree recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The AIOU is offering Ph.D degree program in following disciplines. Ph.D. Iqbal Studies, Ph.D. Urdu, Ph.D. Education in Distance and Non-formal Education (DNFE), Ph.D (FOOD & NUT), PH.D (BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION), PH.D(Computer Science), Ph.D. Chemistry, Ph.D. Statistics, Ph.D. Physics, Ph.D. Mass Communication, Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension, Ph.D. Teacher Education, Ph.D. Educational Planning & Management (EPM), Ph.D. Special Education (M.Phil based), Ph.D. Shariah, Ph.D Islamic Studies (Quran & Tafseer) and Ph.D (Science Education).