Allama Iqbal Open University is the Asian University. AIOU is provide the quality education all over the Pakistan. It provide the education at their door steps. AIOU is a popular university due to its distance learning and a good system. AIOU providing the educational opportunities to those people who can't take these opportunities due to their employment. The main campus of AIOU is in Islamabad and regional campuses are all over the Pakistan and Middle East also. AIOU provides the all programs from basic education to doctoral level.
History of AIOU:
The idea of Distance Education first introduced by British Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson in United Kingdom in late 1960's. United Kindom Open University was established in 1969, but as time passed it become popular university of in UK and it has opened up opportunities of working people. Now more then 60s distance learning universities are working in all over the world and in these universities modern information system use due to which its study is more easier and faster.
AIOU was established in May, 1974 under Act # XXXIX passed by the Parliament of Pakistan, it was the 2nd university of the world and first in Asia and Africa. Its first name is Open University and renamed in 1977 as Allama Iqbal Open University.
The idea of an open university was presented in Education Policy of 1972 to 1980, in these words:
"Open Universities are being used in several countries to provide education and training to people who cannot leave their homes and jobs for full time studies. An open university will, therefore, be established to provide part-time educational facilities through correspondence courses, tutorials, seminars, workshops, laboratories, television and radio broadcasts and other mass communication media...."
In 36 years AIOU prove that Distance Education bring new opportunities for billions of people, specially for women and housebound girls, and employment people. Its the main reason that why people choose this university. Now-a-days professional and technical education is very costly because our Government implement wrong policies to encourage the private sector in technical sectors. The AIOU is trying to remove this thing and it try to give quality education in lower costs. AIOU is trying to reach out the remote areas and spread education there. It also trying to implement modern information technology in spreading education all over the Pakistan.
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