Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad

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Allama Iqbal Open University

Allama Iqbal Open University, a Mega university was established in 1974 under an Act of Parliament. The main campus of the university is situated in sector H-8, Islamabad. It was the second open university of the world and the first of its kind in Asia and Africa. The aim of establishing AIOU was to provide affordable and accessible education through distance learning at the door-steps to those people who could not continue their education journey through formal system of education. The University (AIOU) operates on semester system and admits students in Autumn and Spring semesters. Under graduate admissions are offered in both the semesters where-as post graduates are offered once a year. The enrolled students are given course books specially prepared by the university on self instructional principles. However at post graduate level reprints of foreign books, allied material with university prepared study guides help students to polish their skills.

At present, the AIOU is offering programs from matric to PhD level in diverse disciplines comprises of four faculties. The university has established study centres across the country, where distance education students are provided necessary guidance by their respective tutors. Moreover, the university has established full time study centres, wherein the students of MBA (IT), MBA (Banking and Finance), BS (CS), MSc/BS Chemistry, MSc/BS Microbiology etc. are being provided instruction, guidance and counselling through face-to-face education. AIOU is offering four year under graduate degrees.

Apart from curricular and extra-curricular activities during the academic year, the AIOU and its regional centres actively participate in the co-curricular activities by arranging educational and literary seminars, workshops and conferences, attended not only by the students and faculties of the university but also by the renowned dignitaries and scholars. For the science students and research scholars, a science complex has been built where they use the latest equipment of international standard for experiments and research. To meet the present day challenges internet facility is also available in the student’s hostel and the Central Library where computers have been provided to enable students to access latest information available through open source databases.

Department of Library and Information Sciences

Postgraduate library education in Pakistan started in 1956 by the University of Karachi. In the mid eighties there were six library science departments all over the country. But they were not producing the required number of trained professional graduates as per demand. Moreover, the rate of technological change created by television, computer and other mass media was so stunning that many librarians had been unable to assess clearly its far-reaching effects on the sphere of their services and operation. Thus keeping in view the demand of professional staff and mission of AIOU, the Department of Library and Information Sciences was established in 1985 within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities to cope with this shortage and change. It contributes to meeting the professional requirements of the existing libraries and training skilled manpower scattered all over the country in accordance with the emerging need and trend. Presently the Department offers three programmes i.e. Certificate in Librarianship, BA (Library and Information Science) and Master of Library and Information Sciences (MLIS). The certificate and BA programmes particularly relate to the jobs of paraprofessionals to assist the professional librarians.

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