ISLAMABAD - Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is kept on providing free of charge education to the students of matriculation who are belong­ing from Balochistan and erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Ar­eas (FATA) during the current se­mester, Autumn 2020. 

As compared to other parts of the country, the AIOU pays more focus on the less developed areas of Balochistan and FATA districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

However, as a national educational institution, the AIOU has been playing its due role in imparting free educa­tion to students of these areas, and in future too, the university will not let financial constraints of the people of these areas keep them deprived of getting education” said AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zia Ul-Qayyum.

The AIOU as a mega university of the country provides free educa­tion to poor, needy, disables, trans­genders, and prisoners. The policy of free education to students of Balochistan and FATA was adopted in 2018. However, the present ad­ministration of the university has recently doubled funding of the free education scheme from Rs90 million to 180 million rupees. 

The Students Advisory and Counselling Directorate of the uni­versity has advised all those stu­dents belonging from Balochistan and the FATA districts who want to avail the opportunity of free educa­tion should submit their admission forms to their respective regional centers by August 31. Admission forms need not to be sent directly to the Admission Department of the university.