AIOU set to adopt online PhD, M.Phil system

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Allama Iqbal Open University has decided to gradually adopt online mode of education to run its PhD and M.Phil programs. Students of higher classes will get their study material through electronic or digital devices (CDC) instead of printed form. There are about nineteen PhD programs which might be shifted to online system by the end of this year.
Efforts are also afoot to shift the M.Phil programs to the online system by the end of next year. In all, there are 32 M.Phil programs in different disciplines. “We want to enhance our share of online academic programs taking advantage of the fast-growing technology, said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui while addressing a academic meeting.
The AIOU will be the first in the country to adopt the massive open online courses (MOOCs) system. The objective is to facilitate thousands of students, particularly those living abroad, he added.
Meanwhile, AIOU has expedited mailing of books and other study material to its around seven lakh enrolled students in various parts of the country for the autumn 2016 semester.
As per he instructions of the Vice Chancellor, the employees of the Mailing Department are working in two shifts to ensure timely receipt of the books by the students, an University’s official said.
This aimed at giving enough study-time to the students enabling them to submit their course-assignments within stipulated time.
Books along with allied material to thirty-thousand students of Matric, forty thousand students of FA and thirty thousand students of BA programs have already been dispatched. Efforts are being made that the whole mailing process is completed by the end of December, the official added.
The process has been undertaken in collaboration with Pakistan Post, which has set up its permanent office here at the University’s main campus. The Post office will ensure books-delivery within 36-hours of its dispatch.

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