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Assistant Professor / Incharge
Dr Afshan Huma
051-9250059, 9574350


PhD in Education from Michigan State University; Practitioners Research Diploma from University of London; Certificate in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University; and Certificate in E-campus Management from San Jose State University, Online tutoring and teaching from Srilanka Open University.


Working in AIOU since 2004; currently coordinating PhD-Educational Planning and Mangement


  1. “Essays on Teachers’ Education” (2022). Book by Dastaan publishers
  2. “Suicide Cases in Higher Education Institutions of Pakistan; Factors and Safety Implications” (2022). PJER. Vol 05 Issue 02. (Co-Authored with Afaq Durrez)
  3. "Comparative Analysis of Policy Perspectives for Technical and Vocational Education", (2022) JoEED, Vol9, Issue 01 . (Co-authored with Sidra Rizwan)
  4. Learning to notice: A study of Pakistani student teachers’ reflection on their classroom videos. PJER, Vol 4, Issue 3 (2021) (Co-authored with Samina Naseem and Salma Nazar Khan)
  5. Assessment practices in four years teacher education programs. PJER, Vol 4, Issue 1 (2021) (Co-authored with Anjum Akhter)
  6. Teachers’ knowledge regarding children’s health at the elementary school level. Revija za elementarno izobraževanje . Journal of elementary education vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 93–110, Marec 2021(Co-Authored with Naila Sadaf)
  7. Technical Vocational Curriculum at Mainstream Secondary Schools. Ilkogretim Online - Elementary Education Online. 2021 Vol 20- Issue 4 (Co-authored with Sidra Rizwan)
  8. Peaceful Textbooks: A Content AnalysisJournal of Elementary Education, 2020  Vol 30, No 1; 2020. (Co-authored with M. Ashraf)
  9. Role of Accreditation in Quality Enhancement of Technical and Engineering Education. Global Regional Review Volume V, issue 1. 2020 (Co-authored with Imran Ashraf))
  10. Evaluation of Financial Subsidy Program of Punjab Education Foundation for Increasing Students Enrollment and Retention in Private Schools in Punjab. Global Social Sciences ReviewVol-V ; Issue –I;  2020 (Co-authored with R. Klasra)
  11. The Antecedents of Burnout in Heads of Secondary Schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: A Study of Relationships among Burnout, Organizational Commitment and Emotional Intelligence. Global Regional Review. Volume IV no 4, Jan 2020. (Co-authored with Tahira Bibi)
  12. Critical Thinking and Curriculum of English at Higher Secondary School Level in Pakistan. Vol. IV, No. I. Pages: 516 ‒ 523 | DOI: 10.31703/grr.2019(IV-I).55 (Co-authored with Bushra)
  13. “Adequacy of Financial Allocations for Recurrent Expenditures in Public Sector Schools of Punjab” (2019) JELM, Vol 1, Issue 02 (Co-Authored with Afaq Durrez)
  14. Professional development needs of primary school teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to teach peace (linkEducation 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education 2019 (Co-authored with M. Ashraf)
  15. A Comparative Study of Compensation Management in Public and Private Schools in Rawalpindi District. International Journal of Management and Applied Sciences. Vol 5. Issue 5. 2019 (Co-authored N. Asif)
  16. Developing Knowledge of Public Moral Leadership among teachers. The Reformer 2019. (Single Author).
  17. Improving Exercises of Reflective Thinking and Practices in TE at a State University in USA.Pakistan Journal of Education 2017 (single author)
  18. Cultural Scripts Resist Reforms in Teacher Education. Journal of Education and Practice 2016(Single Author).
  19. Analysis of Management Support and Teaching Practices for the Implementation of New Elementary Science Curriculum in Islamabad Model Schools. Science, Technology and Development 35 (1) 2016, ISSN 0254-6418 / DOI: 10.3923/std.2016.6.15. 2015 (Co-Authored)
  20. Hopes and Fears: Teacher Educators’ Voices in Curriculum Reform. A research based article from PhD dissertation. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 2014. (Single Author)
  21. Adaptable Program Evaluation Strategies for Teacher Education in Pakistan: A reflective paper written on the bases of literature review and document analysis International Journal of Humanities and Social Science ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 2013 (Single Author)
  22. Teachers’ Professional Development... whose responsibility? Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities ISSN 2250-1665 (Print) 2249-7315 (online) 2013 (Single Author)
  23. Focusing students support services for quality assurance in open and distance learning system. Pakistan Journal of Education. Vol XXIV , Issue – I. ISSN 1818-3344 (Single Author)
  24. Improving Teacher Education Programs for School Health. Pakistan Journal of Education. Vol XXIII , Issue – II. ISSN 1818-3344 (Single Author)
  25. BOOK CHAPTER: Disparities in Education Focusing Gender Disparities in India and Pakistan. (2009) M. Zafar Iqbal and Afshan Huma in “Globalization and Higher Education in India.” KN Pannikar and M.B. Nair.Pearson Education. ISBN 9788131761168

Project, Research Interests

  • Enrolment Retention and Achievement under the Girls Inspire 2023 (Commonwealth of Learning)
  • Sustainable Curriculum Design 2022 (Funded by USEFP) 
  • Interpretive Analysis of Science Teachers Professional Development Program 2019 (PIF)
  • Teachers Beliefs in the Light of their Practices in PRP 2017  (Funded by USAID)
  • Equity and Access at Higher Education. Submitted to HEC 2016 (Funded by World bank)
  • Need assessment Survey of Functional Literacy & Skill Based Education in Earthquake Areas of Pakistan 2008 (Funded by Common Wealth of Learning)
  • Summative Evaluation of Col- Protein Project 2008 (Funded by Common Wealth of Learning)
  • Survey study to analyze the effectiveness of teacher trainings 2004-06 at Plymouth State University 2007 (Funded by US State Department)


The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.