Published On: Tue, Dec 31st, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

AIOU to launch MSc degree programs in country’s remote and backward regions

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Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will launch M.Sc degree programs in country’s remote and backward regions, as a part of its ongoing efforts, providing equal accessibility to quality education to all segments of society.

These subjects will be introduced in Physics, Chemistry, Mass Communication, Statistics and some others disciplines from next academic year. The AIOU has already allocated Rs. 50 million for setting-up well-equipped laboratories in such regions to facilitate the students.

AIOU has already made available computer-based and E-learning education in the remote regions like Umerkot and Metthi (Sindh), this was stated by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmd Sangi while inaugurating the AIOU’s campus at Metthi. Dr. Mahesh Malani, MPA on the occasion announced donation of 20-acre land, enabling the University to set-up a Technical and Vocational Institute in the region.

The campus will facilitate thousands of students of AIOU who live around the region. The campus is a part of the AIOU’s strategy to promote job-oriented education and to ensure access to equal quality education across the country, Sangi said.

The AIOU Regional Campuses were increased from 36 to 42 during the last three years. The number of campuses will be further increased to 72 by 2017. A model computer-based campus has also been established at Umer Kot (Sindh), he said adding the video-conferencing facility also being provided at these campuses so that the students could get the quality education without discrimination.

New regional offices are being established across the country particularly where the literacy rate is less than 30 percent. This is also aimed at providing academic services to its students at their nearest places.

Dr. Sangi said that the AIOU was considering a plan to launch engineering courses to address the socio-economic problems of the country, like shortage of energy and water.

The University, he said has already decided that there will be no increase in academic fee at least for a year, so that the benefit of education could reach to all sectoins of society. The University has allocated Rs. 23 million annual fund to accommodate poor and needy students in their fee under its ‘Earn-to-Learn’ scheme .

The unprecedented growth in number of students enrolled on the University’s programs and courses is a reflection of its popularity among masses and also an indication of quality of the programs it offers, he asserted.

The Vice-Chancellor said that AIOU has already made big strides in catering the educational needs for the masses. Its yearly enrollment exceeds 1.4 million which proves that it enjoys trust in every nook and corner of the country as an institution providing quality education.

AIOU, he said will continue to play its leading role in providing quality and affordable education to the people at their door-steps.
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