Allama Iqbal Open University

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Allama Iqbal Open University
کهل هوا جامعہ علامہ اقبال
Allama Iqbal Open University logo.png
Motto Education for All
Type Public
Established 1974 (1974)
Chancellor President of Pakistan
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Shahid Siddiqui
Academic staff
Students 1,326,266
Location Islamabad, Islamabad CT, Pakistan
Campus Urban
Colours Sky blue, Orange, White            
Nickname AIOU
Affiliations HEC

Allama Iqbal Open University (Urdu: جامعہ علامہ اقبال‎) or AIOU is a public research university located in Islamabad, Pakistan.[1] The university is the fourth world's largest institution of higher learning, with an annual enrollment of 1,121,038 students (as of 2010), the majority of them women, and Course Enrollment of 3,305,948 (2011).[2][3]

Established in 1974, it is also Asia's first open university with a strong emphasis on providing distance education in engineering, law, philosophy, natural and social science.[4] It is considered the most attractive university in the country and has the most applicants per year.[5] The university offers extensive undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral programmes in various academic disciplines.[6] After witnessing the success of Open University in the United Kingdom, the university was established as a public university in 1974.[2]

It is noted for its cost-effective policy to provide higher education at a minimum cost through a specialized university fund managed by the government.[2]

Administration and governance[edit]

  • Chancellor (President of Pakistan)
  • Pro-Chancellor (Federal Minister for Education, Ministry of Education)
  • Vice Chancellor (Chief Executive Officer/Head of the institution)
  • Executive Council (Governing Body)

Faculties and their departments[edit]

Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies

Established in 1974, the faculty has been upgraded as the Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies in 1998, with the following departments:

Faculty of Education

Established in 1984, the Faculty of Education's origin predates the university. A National Institute of Education was established in 1973 as a part of the Federal Ministry of Education, to improve education at school levels through in-service training of Master Trainers. This institute became a part of the university in June 1975. The Faculty of Education has the following departments:

  • Adult and Continuing Education
  • Distance and Non-Formal Education
  • Educational Planning and Management
  • Science Education
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education (Secondary)
  • Teacher Education (Elementary)

Faculty of Sciences

Renamed as Faculty of Sciences, the Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences was established in 1982. It comprises the following nine departments:

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities was established in 1982. The thirteen departments of the faculty are:


  1. ^ google maps. "Location and address of AIOU". google maps. google maps. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Brief history". Brief history. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ VC Annual Report 2009-10
  4. ^ "Listing programmes". Listing programmes. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Siddiqui, Shoaib-ur-Rehman. "AIOU attracts large number of students". Wednesday, 18 September 2013 19:40. Business Recorder, Pakistan. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Education programmes at AIOU". Education programmes at AIOU. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 

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