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ADMISSION DEPARTMENT (General)

The University has divided its study programmes into Semesters each spanning six months. Students studied their courses, prepare assignments and also do preparation for exams within a semester and after that they participate in Exams at end of semester.

Study is based on a modified semester system. The academic year is divided into two semesters namely Spring and Autumn. General education and functional courses are offered in each semester. Ph. D, M.Phil, M.Sc/MA and Teacher Education Programmes i.e. PTC, CT, B.Ed, M. Ed are announced once a year. Study period for each semester generally lasts 18 weeks, plus Two weeks for preparation for examination. Admissions are offered twice a year as given below:
Semester         Admission open

Spring               February to March
Autumn             July to August

You can get the information about AIOU admission from any of the following sources:
1. Advertisements through Print Media
2. Advertisements through Electronic Media
3. AIOU Website: www.aiou.edu.pk
4. AIOU Regional offices

1. Buy a prospectus from any Regional office of AIOU.
2. Fill your form as per given instructions in the prospectus.
3. Submit your form in nearest bank. (banks names are given in the prospectus)
4. Get receipt of form from bank officer.

Fresh student can get admission form in prospectus and admission forms for continuing students AIOU dispatched to them. If somehow any of students has not received the admission form of Continue Student then he/she can download the same from AIOU website, link is following as: http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Downloads.asp

A candidate applying for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Programme must have passed the Middle/9th pass or fail or SSC fail certificate Examination and hold its certificate issued by the respective Board/Government School or Registered School. In case, the middle standard examination has been passed from any Private school, it must bear the Registration Number or attestation by the District Education Officer.

A student have at least 2nd class bachelor degree along with relevant subject will be eligible to take admission in M.A/ M.Sc. (Merit will be determined in case of Statistics, Mathematics, Mass Communication, Sociology, Physics, Chemistry, Urdu & Forestry Extension)

Admissions in PhD and M.Phil/MS programmes are opened once a year in December to January.

Eligibility in Admission in MS/MPhil Programmes: Relevant masters degree with minimum 2nd division and must have passed NTS GAT (general) test with at least 50% marks.
Eligibility in Admission in PhD Programmes: MS/MPhil 1st division/3 CGPA in the relevant subject and must have passed NTS GAT (Subject) Test with at least 60% marks.

After two months of submitting the Application Form you can confirm your admission and check status of his/her admission while Browsing AIOU website www.aiou.edu.pk clicking Link "Admission Inquiry" while providing his/her Name, Roll No, Challan No, or Registration No, to the Website. And also confirm/check the books status in Books Inquiry the books dispatch detail.

After two months of closing date of Admissions you can received Books and you can confirmed your Admission from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Admission.asp
If you cant find your Admission confirmation detail, then can also check it from the objectionable admission Forms from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Admission-Objection.asp
If you have objection on your admission, then please remove it as soon as possible with copy of objection letter and send it by post to Admission Department.
Directorate of Admissions
Academic Complex, AIOU
H-8 Islamabad

AIOU offers M.Sc. Mass Communication. Medium of Instruction is English. If you wanted to do in Urdu language, then books in Urdu you can purchase from market.

For open merit programs submit fee and admission form along with documents to any designated bank branch of NBP, ABL, FWBL, Bank Alfalah and MCB Bank. For merit based programs send admission form along with documents, without fee, to concerned department.

Registration fee Rs:200 Fee for viva voce Rs. 350 Admission fee Rs. 700 Technology fee Rs. 100 Course fee Rs. 26460 per course.

Dear student purchase a prospectus during admission session (in February and August every year last date of admission 27th) from AIOU Regional Campus all about the admission is mentioned in the prospectus for further information contact us.

DIRECT. OF STUDENTS ADVISORY & COUNSELLING SERVICES

Half credit courses have 2 assignments and Full credit course have 4 assignments.

The students who are unable to submit assignments are marked as fail.

Yes, you received Tutor Letter/Workshop Schedules by post on your Postal address, if somehow you cant get any tutor information then please contact with your concerned regional office and visit aiou website and find your Tutor from the following link
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Tutors.asp

Please contact to your concerned regional office. Write an application with proof and submitted to your Regional Director. Then they forward your case to the main Campus then your result will be revised.

LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

The admission of MLIS is offered in February- March session every year.

Yes, all the eligible candidates across Pakistan will be given admission provided they have fulfilled the required formalities. But, the tutorial classes and workshops will only be held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad, Bahawalpur, Sargodha and Multan, provided that sufficient number of students is available in that particular region to form a group. On the basis of availability of sufficient number of students, groups will be formed in respective AIOU aforesaid regions in Pakistan according to the addresses of the students mentioned on admission form. However, the student may write the name of region of his/her choice from among the aforesaid regions for tutorial classes and workshops on the top of first page of admission form. In case of low enrollment in any aforesaid region, the students will be allotted any other nearby region from among the aforesaid regions.

Yes. All may apply across Pakistan, but the tutorial classes and workshops will only be held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur and Hyderabad.

There is no age limit for taking admission in MLIS program.

An applicant having bachelors degree with any subject(s) in second division (at least 45% marks) from any HEC recognized university is eligible to get admission. There is no age limit. There is no merit. Interested candidates should deposit the prescribed fee and completed admission form alongwith all required documents (attested copies of detailed mark sheets, certificates, degrees of matriculation, intermediate, graduation and NIC and/or domicile, photos, etc) in any designated bank as listed in the prospectus.

Most of the course material is in English. However a student may opt Urdu for assignments and examination. The tutors instruct the students in the tutorial and workshop meetings in English/Urdu as the students wish.

The admission of MLIS is offered in February- March session every year.

Yes, all the eligible candidates across Pakistan will be given admission provided they have fulfilled the required formalities. But, the tutorial classes and workshops will only be held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad, Bahawalpur, Sargodha and Multan, provided that sufficient number of students is available in that particular region to form a group. On the basis of availability of sufficient number of students, groups will be formed in respective AIOU aforesaid regions in Pakistan according to the addresses of the students mentioned on admission form. However, the student may write the name of region of his/her choice from among the aforesaid regions for tutorial classes and workshops on the top of first page of admission form. In case of low enrollment in any aforesaid region, the students will be allotted any other nearby region from among the aforesaid regions.

Yes. All may apply across Pakistan, but the tutorial classes and workshops will only be held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur and Hyderabad.

There is no age limit for taking admission in MLIS program.

An applicant having bachelors degree with any subject(s) in second division (at least 45% marks) from any HEC recognized university is eligible to get admission. There is no age limit. There is no merit. Interested candidates should deposit the prescribed fee and completed admission form alongwith all required documents (attested copies of detailed mark sheets, certificates, degrees of matriculation, intermediate, graduation and NIC and/or domicile, photos, etc) in any designated bank as listed in the prospectus.

Most of the course material is in English. However a student may opt Urdu for assignments and examination. The tutors instruct the students in the tutorial and workshop meetings in English/Urdu as the students wish.

An applicant having bachelors degree with any subject(s) in second division (at least 45% marks) from any HEC recognized university is eligible to get admission. There is no age limit. There is no merit. Interested candidates should deposit the prescribed fee and completed admission form alongwith all required documents (attested copies of detailed mark sheets, certificates, degrees of matriculation, intermediate, graduation and NIC and/or domicile, photos, etc) in any designated bank as listed in the prospectus.

An applicant having bachelors degree with any subject(s) in second division (at least 45% marks) from any HEC recognized university is eligible to get admission. There is no age limit. There is no merit. Interested candidates should deposit the prescribed fee and completed admission form alongwith all required documents (attested copies of detailed mark sheets, certificates, degrees of matriculation, intermediate, graduation and NIC and/or domicile, photos, etc) in any designated bank as listed in the prospectus.

ADMISSION B.A Gen,BLIS,B.Com,B.A Mass.Comm only

Dear student purchase a prospectus during admission session (in February and August every year last date of admission 27th) from AIOU Regional Campus all about the admission is mentioned in the prospectus for further information contact us.

COMMONWEALTH MBA / MPA

The commonwealth is described as a family of nations, originally linked together in the British Empire, and now building on their common heritage in language, culture and education, which enables them to work together in an atmosphere of greater trust and understanding than generally prevails among nations. Bringing together some 1.7 billion people of many faiths, races, languages, traditions and levels of economic development, the Commonwealth represents almost one-third of the worlds populationsCommonwealth represents almost one-third of the worlds populations.

The Commonwealth of Learning (www.col.org) is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth heads of Governments in 1987 to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. Working with and providing services to hundreds of institutions throughout the 54 Member Commonwealth, COL is helping to increase the capacities of developing nations to meet the demands for improved access to quality education and training. With Headquarter based in Vancouver, Canada, this International Organization serves the 54 Member Commonwealth with a mandate to widen opportunities for learning by promoting the development and sharing of open and distance learning resources and communication technologies.

Commonwealth MBA / MPA Program is being offered in different Open Universities of Asian and African countries also. Currently, this Program is being offered in Allama Iqbal Open University, Indira Ghandi National Open University, Bangladesh Open University, Open University of Sri Lanka, WAWASAN Open University College, Malaysia and National Open University of Nigeria.

Commonwealth MBA/MPA (CMBA/CMPA) Programme for Executives aims to complement existing MBA/MPA programmes currently being offered in the Commonwealth in meeting the social and professional demands for management and public administration education at the postgraduate level. The objectives of the Programmes are: i. To enable students in the Commonwealth countries where the programmes are offered to obtain Masters degrees in the areas of Business Administration and Public Administration, contributing to their professional growth and career advancement and to their countries Development. ii. To develop human resources in various aspects of the areas noted above iii. To develop quality Post-Graduate Programmes that can be implemented widely in Commonwealth countries and can be recognized across the Commonwealth.

Three levels. There are four stages of study modules in the CMBA/ CMPA Program Core, Specialist Compulsory, Electives, and those required for the Degree. Attainment of different levels of academic awards (Post Graduate Professional Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and MBA or MPA Degree) will depend on the successful completion of each of the stages of study. There are four stages of study modules in the CMBA/ CMPA Programme Core, Specialist Compulsory, Electives, and those required for the Degree. Attainment of different levels of academic awards (Post Graduate Professional Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and MBA or MPA Degree) will depend on the successful completion of each of the stages of study.

Student has to complete fifteen (15) courses for the degree of CMBA / CMPA.

Minimum Two (02) years if the student does not give break in his or her studies. Maximum time allowed for completing the degree is five (05) years.

The CMBA/CMPA Programmes seeks highly capable and qualified individuals committed to self-development and higher level of achievement in their professional lives. Admission to the CMBA/CMPA Programme for Executives requires the following criteria: At least second class Bachelors degree from a recognized University. A minimum of two years of experience. Residency in Pakistan. A working knowledge of the English language. Satisfactory score of the CMBA/CMPA Admission Test. The Admission Test will be conducted by the offering institution. The Admission Test is designed to provide an additional dimension of measure for the selection of candidates for this vigorous and demanding Programme of study. There are four (4) portions of the admission test which includes General Awareness  English Language  Quantitative Aptitude  Reasoning The passing marks are 50% in the admission test. The result can be viewed on www.colaiou.org or www.aiou.edu.pk/col. Applicants successfully completing the admission test shall be eligible for admission in the year they clear the test. Registration for the CMBA/CMPA Programme shall be valid for 5 years from the date of admission However, in case the candidate is not able to complete the Programme within 5 years, he/she shall be eligible for re-registration. The institution that you register with will announce condition of re-registration.

The applicants are required to send their admission forms along with all the required attested documents at the following address: Majed Rashid Block No 13, Allama Iqbal Open University, H-8 Islamabad. Pakistan Majed Rashid Block No 13, Allama Iqbal Open University, H-8 Islamabad. Pakistan.

Registration fee Rs:200 Fee for viva voce Rs. 350 Admission fee Rs. 700 Technology fee Rs. 100 Course fee Rs. 26460 per course

Department of English

Some of the universities do not offer English as a compulsory subject for BSc/BBA, etc students; while some universities offer English as a subject which carries less than 150 or 200 marks. Candidates with their bachelor's degrees without having studied English as a subject or studied it carrying less than 150 or 200 marks are not eligible for admission. We accept applications from only those candidates who have studied English as a subject carrying 150 or 200 marks. We do not take into consideration the marks the candidates have obtained in the subject.

While determing the merit, credit may be given to these degrees.

It may be taken into account for awarding admissions.

No, we do not. Admissions are awarded on merit keeping the regional/ provincial quota in view.

No, only the candidates with a Diploma in TEFL/TESL, etc or equivalent qualification is eligible.

We offer MA in Teaching of English and not English literature. AIOU only offers M.A Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). You can see further details from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/DeptDetail.asp?DeptID=48

Yes, candidates with BA/BSc in second division are eligible, but the candidates with the BA/BSc degree can apply only if they have studied compulsory English with 200/150 marks. It may also be noted that admissions are awarded on merit; only the BA/BSc degree may not enable the candidates to get admission.

We offer MA in Teaching of English and not English literature.

Yes, candidates with BA/BSc in second division are eligible, but the candidates with the BA/BSc degree can apply only if they have studied compulsory English with 200/150 marks. It may also be noted that admissions are awarded on merit; only the BA/BSc degree may not enable the candidates to get admission.

While determing the merit, credit may be given to these degrees.

It may be taken into account for awarding admissions.

No, we do not. Admissions are awarded on merit keeping the regional/ provincial quota in view.

No, only the candidates with a Diploma in TEFL/TESL, etc or equivalent qualification is eligible.

Some of the universities do not offer English as a compulsory subject for BSc/BBA, etc students; while some universities offer English as a subject which carries less than 150 or 200 marks. Candidates with their bachelor's degrees without having studied English as a subject or studied it carrying less than 150 or 200 marks are not eligible for admission. We accept applications from only those candidates who have studied English as a subject carrying 150 or 200 marks. We do not take into consideration the marks the candidates have obtained in the subject.

EXAMINATION

There are many reasons for such mistake in the result: - The student has not written the Roll Number. - Has written wrong Roll Number. - The answer script remained unchecked by the examination and not included in the award list or any other. In such a case the students are advised to write an application to the Controller of Examinations for verification of record and issuance of correct/revised result card.

For all matters regarding exams and results, the student has to approach the Controller of Examinations. As regards re-evaluation it is informed that re-evaluation is not allowed. On the request of student rechecking is done in which it is ensured that all the questions and parts of questions are checked and marked and that the total is correct.

Re-checking fee of Rs.300/- (Rupees three hundred) is charged in the form of Bank Draft in favor of Treasurer, AIOU, along with application for the purpose.

On completion of the program i.e. successfully passing required credits of the program, the student has to apply for the certificate/degree to the Controller of Examinations on the prescribed proforma usually given at the end of the prospectus and is also available in all the Regional Office of AIOU. The documents to be attached with the application and other details are given on the back of the same proforma.

After submission of application for grant of degree, the transcript is issued within 3-4 weeks whereas the degree is issued after two years.

For urgent release of degree, the student has to pay double certificate/degree fee.

For issuance of duplicate degree/certificate, the student is required to first report the same in the newspaper and lodge an FIR with the nearest Police Station and a declaration on the Stamp Paper of at-least Rs.5/- mentioning that the certificate/degree has been misplace and a duplicate needs to be issued by the University whereas if the lost certificate is found at the later stage, the same shall be reported and returned to the University immediately. As regards fee for issuance of Duplicate certificate/degree, the double degree fee will be charged. The request shall be made to the Controller of Examinations.

The general schedule of exams for each semester is as follows: Spring Semester: November-December Autumn Semester: May-June However the dates may vary due to some operational reasons. Students are advised to confirm the examination dates from their respective Regional Office or Controller of Examinations before the above dates.

For blind candidates, Controller of Examinations and Regional Directors are authorized to accord permission of writer. The applicant has to write an application in favour of either of the above officials and submit along with the recent photograph of the writer. Please note that the qualification of the writer should not be more than the level of program of the blind student.

You are advised to contact the Office of Controller of Examinations on Ph. No.051-9250012 or051-9250111 Ext: 4319. In case the time is less, you may approach your respective Regional Office. Regional Directors are authorized to issue provisional date sheets/admit slips after verifying from the record.

About

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.