Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)

Allama Iqbal Open University is the largest university in Asia, where many students are getting a quality education. AIOU Government University in Pakistan was established in 1974. It was founded under Act XXXIX by the Pakistani Parliament in May 1974. The main campus of AIOU is in Islamabad, with about fifty-four campuses in Pakistan. It’s a multi-diverse university providing Education from primary to master’s level.

First, it was named People’s Open University, then Allama Iqbal Open University in 1977.

It offers various educational certificates from the second level to the master’s and PhD levels.

History of Allama Iqbal Open University

The Allama Iqbal Open University was organized in May 1974 in Islamabad. The key objective behind the establishment of the university was to provide equal educational opportunities to the general people who could not leave their jobs or homes for any reason. So, AIOU has been following its objective of providing educational opportunities since its establishment.

The idea behind the establishment of AIOU

The idea of an Open University came from UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who gave the idea of learning from a distance. According to him, there should be equal opportunities for learning for those who cannot leave their job and home for some reason. 

So, in 1969, the first UK Open University was established. So, from establishing the Open University in the UK, the concept of Open University became famous worldwide. There are more than 60 Open universities in the world. AIOU is also one of the Open universities that provide Education to those who cannot join the university regularly.

The idea behind the establishment of AIOU

Objectives of AIOU

  • To provide educational facilities at home for students who can not leave their homes or jobs, etc.
  • To provide quality education with equal opportunities for both males and females.
  • To provide facilities for the training of teachers in a very professional way.
  • To conduct the examination, award degrees, certificates, and other academic distinctions

Allama Iqbal Open University Administration

Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University: President of Pakistan

Vice-chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University: Professor Dr Nasir Mehmood

AIOU Progress

AIOU has created a revolution in the educational system of Pakistan. Now, Education is easily accessible for all the people doing a job, working women, and people from remote areas who cannot join institutions on a daily or regular basis.

These institutions play a crucial role in increasing the skill level of the people of Pakistan, reducing the illiteracy rate significantly. So, AIOU is a critical institution in the educational world.

Educational Collaborations of AIOU

These are the industries where Alama Iqbal University collaborates for educational purposes:

  • ANKARA University
  • KONH JU National University
  • AL-AZHAR University
  • ASIA E University
  • IBNE HALDUN University
  • Open University
  • ISTANBUL University
  • YUNAN University
  • TEHRAN University
  • International University KYRGYZSTAN

Things for Students to Check on AIOU

AIOU is responsible for issuing the following things for the students to check below:

  • Admission Fee Structure
  • Aaghi LMS Portal
  • Admission Fee
  • Result
  • Result Card
  • AIOU Jobs Portal
  • Date Sheet
  • Roll No Slips
  • Tutor Letters
  • Books
  • Forms
  • Workshops Schedule
  • Assignment Schedule
  • Assignments Parat
  • Old Papers
  • Regional Offices Contact Numbers
  • Email Address Locations

Faculties of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)

There are 54 offices,4 Faculties,1,027,000 current enrollment, and 4,487,044 alums:

Faculties of Arabic and Islamic Studies

In the University Act of 1974, Arabic and Islamic faculties were established. It started working as an Arabic and Islamic institute. In 1998, the Arabic and Islamic institutes got the status of faculty. Following are the departments that are under quality:

  • Seerat Studies
  • Interfaith studies 
  • Quran & Tafseer 
  • Shari’ah
  • Hadith AND Hadith science
  • Arabic Literature and Language 

Faculty of Education

The Institute of Education was founded in 1976, but this department rose after 1984. This department of AIOU comprises about eight departments and 135 courses are offered in 30 different programs. Following are the departments that are part of the faculty of Education:

  • Special Education
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Early Childhood Education & Elementary Teacher Education
  • Educational Planning, Policy Studies, & Leadership

Faculty of Science

In 1982, when the Faculty of Science was first founded, it had only 5 departments. The Faculty of Sciences of AIOU has expanded in the last few years. This department has the following departments:

  • Mathematics 
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Commonwealth Youth Program
  • Engineering and Technology 
  • Environmental Science
  • Statistics 
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental design. Health and Nutritional sciences
  • Computer Science  

Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities

The Faculty of Social Sciences was founded in 1981 and had five departments. But It has flourished through these years, and now this department has the most prominent faculty in the university.

This faculty has about fifteen departments, each offering degree programs at different levels and subjects.

The following are the departments of AIOU in which the faculty of Social Science and Humanities is offering degrees:

  • Mass Communication
  • Pak Studies
  • Economics 
  • Business Administration
  • Commonwealth MBA
  • Urdu
  • Commerce
  • Pakistani Language 
  • Library and Information
  • Science 
  • Gender and women’s studies 
  • Iqbal Studies 
  • History 
  • Sociology, Social Work, and Pop Studies

Degree Programs Offered by AIOU

AIOU offers many degree programs, which are listed below:

  • Secondary School Certificates
  • Intermediate 
  • Post-Graduate Diploma
  • Bachelor Programs
  • Ed. Programs 
  • Masters 
  • MS/MPhil Programs 

Bachelors Programs by AIOU

Allama Iqbal Open University is offering bachelor’s programs in the following fields:

  • BS Islamic Studies 
  • Department Of Seerat Studies
  • BS Pakistan Studies(4 years)
  • Associate Degree in Pakistan Studies
  • BS Islamic Studies (Department Of Seerat Studies)
  • BS Biochemistry 4 years (Biology)
  • BS Economics (Department Of Economics)
  • BS Mass Communication
  • BS Urdu (Department of Urdu)
  • BS Gender & Women Studies
  • BS Math (4 Years)
  • BS Environmental Sciences
  • BS in Statistics (4 Years)
  • BS Physics (4 Years)
  • BS Computer Science
  • BS (Microbiology) 4 Years
  • Associate Degree in Arts (BA)
  • BS (English)
  • Bachelor in Library and Information Sciences
  • B.Com (Associate Degree in Commerce)
  • BS (Accounting & Finance)
  • Bachelor in Mass Communication
  • Associate degree in Education ADE (2 years)
  • Associate Degree in Education
  • Bachelor of Dars-e-Nizami
  • BS Islamic Studies (hadith & Hadith Sciences)
  • BS Islamic Studies (General)
  • BS Islamic Studies (Shariah)
  • BS Islamic Studies (Quran And Tafseer)
  • BS (Arabic)
  • BS Chemistry

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Diplomas Offered by AIOU

Allama Iqbal Open University is offering diplomas to their students besides degree programs:

  • Technical courses 
  • Agricultural courses
  • French course 
  • ATTC (Arabic Teacher Training Course)
  • Diploma in Forensic Science 
  • Educational Leadership Programs 
  • Diploma in Agricultural Sciences, Social Science, Hotel Services, Communication Education, and Management Science

Online Services provided by AIOU

  • Degree verification
  • Date Sheet
  • No Slips
  • Provisional Certificate
  • Assignment Marks
  • Degree Tracking
  • Results Detail
  • Admission Information
  • Inquiry About Book Dispatch
  • Fee Refund
  • Admission Confirmation

Admission to Allama Iqbal Open University

Allama Iqbal Open University offers admissions two times a year, i.e., during the Spring and Autumn Semesters. The information regarding eligibility criteria, fee structure, and other programs is available on the website, as fee structure and eligibility criteria differ for each program and every year.

Campuses of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)

The Allama Iqbal Open University has campuses in the following cities:

  • Faisalabad
  • Multan
  • Lahore 
  • Peshawar
  • Karachi
  • Quetta
  • Kalat
  • Dera Murad Jumali
  • Hyderabad
  • Larkana
  • Abbottabad
  • Mardan
  • Gawadar
  • Zhob
  • Kandhkot
  • Mithi
  • Moro
  • Sukkur
  • Thatta
  • Umerkot
  • Bahawalpur
  • Chakwal
  • Dera ghazi Khan
  • Gujranwala
  • Jhang
  • Jhelum
  • Kasur
  • Mandi Bahauddin
  • Mianwalai
  • Narowalr
  • Rahim yar khan
  • Rawalpindi
  • Sahiwal
  • Sargodha
  • Sheikhupura
  • Sialkot
  • Vehari
  • Chitral
  • Dera Ismail khan
  • Kohat
  • Swat
  • Timergara
  • Gilgit
  • Islamabad
  • Mirpur
  • Muzaffarabad
  • Rawalakot
  • Skardu
  • Attock
  • Malir
  • Kharan
  • Hunza nagar

These are all campuses of AIOU in Pakistan.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

The degree offered by AIOU is valid but is less accredited than the degrees provided by other universities.

Yes! You can apply for a government job after a degree from AIOU. AIOU is entirely valid for applying for a job in any Government institution.

Some modules have exams, while others have assignments that must be submitted at the end of the semester and year.

Regular mode is always better than Open. But sometimes, jobholders need help to continue their studies in regular mode. So, they prefer Online or Open Study Format.

Allama Iqbal University is the University of Pakistan whose degrees are internationally recognized.

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