ISLAMABAD - Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has decided to set up a full-fledged separate Directorate to regulate and supervise its secondary, Intermediate and Bachelor levels programmes. It will work as permanent department under faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities to streamline the education, relating to under-graduate programmes.

The concept, objectives and working plan of the separate directorate were thoroughly discussed at a senior officers level meeting held here on Wednesday at the University's main campus. Dr Rashid A. Naeem, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, presided over the meeting.

The directorate will formally start working after the approval the competent authority. It will coordinate in maintaining uniformity in academic standard of the relevant programs, bringing them at par other boards of Secondary and intermediate education.

It will also maintain liaison with Inter Board Committee of Chairmen for attestation and accreditation of certificates issued at Matric FA and BA levels. The directorate will monitor existing curricular, slybus, and schemes of students in order to further improve them and bring uniformity as par with the prevailing academic requirements.

The committee was told that the Vice chancellor Prof. Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi has already approved the idea of establishing an independent Board for conducting under-graduate level programs in comprehensive and transparent manner.

It was agreed that a program coordinator will be appointed for each Matric/FA and BA programme. It was clarified that admission and examination system of such programs will keep working as per existing procedure. Lecture Social Science Sadia Aziz was assigned the task to finalize the proposals, in consultation with other relevant departments for formally setting up the Board as early as possible.

Addressing the meeting Dr Rashid A. Naeem said that the AIOU is mainly focusing on providing best possible educational facilities to its students by upgrading and streamlining the existing distance learning system. He hoped that the separate directorate for under-graduate education would serve the interest of the students.