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Associate Professor
Dr Muhammad Ayub Buzdar
Won an HEC scholarship for MS/MPhil leading to PhD studies. He got his PhD in Education from the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan. He is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship (2019-20) for post-doctoral research.
He completed his post-doctoral research at Northern Arizona University, USA. Dr. Buzdar’s research interests are in the cognitive and social aspects of educational psychology.
His research focuses on cross-cultural similarities and differences in students' cognitive and behavioral profiles. Various sociocultural components like religiosity, gender roles, and multiple inequalities in education are also his research subjects.


PhD in Education


2021 – (Cont.) Associate Professor, Department of Secondary Teacher Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan

2020 – 2021    Fulbright Research Scholar (Post-Doc Fellow), in Department of Psychological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ, USA

2014 – 2021    Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Education, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan

2017 – 2019    Additional Charge - Manager Research Operations (Social Sciences), Office of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization (ORIC) Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan

2009 – 2014    Lecturer in Education, Punjab Higher Education Department, Punjab, Pakistan


Buzdar, M. A, Tidikis, V., & Dunbar, N. (2022, In press). Religious Determinants of Accepting Women Activism and Inclusivity in Pakistan: Beliefs of University Students. In S. Halder, & G. Squires (Eds.), Inclusion and Diversity: Communities, Practices, and Perspectives (1st ed.). CRC Press.

Ikram, H., Buzdar, M. A., & Hanif, S. (2021). Virtual Reality for Enhancing Student Teachers’ Science Competencies. In M. M. Asad, F. Sherwani, R. B. Hassan, & P. Churi (Eds.), Innovative Education Technologies for 21st Century Teaching and Learning (1st ed.). CRC Press.

Perveen, S., Buzdar, M. A., & Ali, A. (2021). Factors affecting entrepreneurial attitude of female university students in Pakistan. Humanities and Social Sciences Reviews, 9(2). 333-343.

Buzdar, M. A., Ikram, H., & Perveen, S. (2021). Female University Students’ Reflections on Their Social and Educational Future in Pakistan. Humanities and Social Sciences Reviews, 9(2). 54-63.

Buzdar. M. A., Nadeem, M., Fatima, T., & Naoreen, B. (2020). Effects of Religious Orientations on the Prevalence of Social Media Disorder among Muslim University Students in Pakistan. Journal of Religion and Health, 59(6). 3247-3256. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-019-00915-6

Project, Research Interests


Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan granted Rs.1.496 Million to execute one-year research project titled “Perceptions of Female University Students about Their Social and Professional Future” (2018)

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan granted Rs.1.215 Million to execute one-year research project titled “The Effect of Learning Media Technology Lab on Prospective Teachers' Employability in Private Education Industry: Achieving HEC Vision-2025 through Academia Industry Linkage” (2018)

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan granted Rs.4.0 Million to execute one-year research project titled “Combating terrorism on Intellectual battlefields: Developing a role for universities in Pakistan” (2015)

Research Areas

Educational Psychology

Sociology of Education

Technology in Teacher Education


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.