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February 25, 2015

AIOU to install new transmitters for FM radio


February 25, 2015

Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will soon install new transmitters at significant points to expand its FM Radio network for facilitating students across the country in their educational pursuits.
In this connection, a feasibility report is being prepared. The AIOU, being the media-based University wishes to utilise available print and electronic media’s sources to strengthen distance learning system, said the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui in his message to the students on eve of new admissions, semester (Spring 2015).
The on-going admissions in various programs will continue till March 5, said a news release issued here on Tuesday.
Currently, the FM radio (91.6) is providing educational services from 8.30 to 7.00 pm daily only to the local students. With fixing of new transmitters, the signals of FM radio would be received in the country’s major cities. Pakistan television was also presenting the University’s educational programs in various disciplines on regular basis. Besides, the books and
other reading material, the students are also being facilitated through audio/video support to ensure better results in the exams. The university is also in process of installing its own educational TV channel.
About the new admissions, Dr. Siddiqui said the University has introduced special skill-based courses for females, enabling them to earn their livelihood and to have a respectable place in society. Out of the existing 1.3 million enrolments, 54 per cent are the females, mostly living in far-flung areas of the country. “The AIOU is fulfilling its national duty as a mega university in public sector,” he said. The admission policy has been further streamlined for convenience of the students. A working arrangement has been made with relevant banks to ensure that information regarding deposit of fee by every student should be immediately communicated to the university management for further action.
He said some new

courses have been introduced from Secondary School Certificate (SSC) to PhD levels to meet contemporary needs and encourage people to actively participate in the socio-economic uplift. Forty-four regional offices of the university have been activated to attend students’ queries on an urgent basis. The Complaint Management Cell has been made effective as well to redress problems of students.

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