MIANWALI: Over 10,000 students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) may lose their academic semester - Autumn 2010 - because of devastation caused by floods.
Out of 80,000 regular admissions in the Mianwali region, about 10,000 students of different levels from matriculation to post-graduate belonged to Isakhel and Mianwali tehsils, which have been affected by flood. Students of 153 villages can neither get their admission forms nor have resources to deposit their dues while the university has declared Aug 31 as the last day for depositing admission fee. The AIOU has increased the course duration by splitting compulsory subjects into two parts and charging more fees.
Talking to The News, AIOU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi said that the university had doubled the amount from Rs 11 million to Rs 21 million to assist the students from flood-affected areas. He said that the university was already in crisis so it could not help flood victims. He said it would provide free books to its regular students whose books or note books were washed away in floodwaters.