Islamabad - Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will provide academic support to the students of Wafaq-ul-Madaris for accreditation of their BA and MA level degrees.

The students will be able to enrol themselves with AIOU for the study of compulsory subjects at graduate level, this was decided at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Minister of State for Education Muhammad Balighur Rehman here.

The meeting was attended by representatives of Wafaq-ul-Madaris and Higher Education Commission. It was agreed that every possible support including books and tutorial workshops will be provided by the AIOU to the enrolled students.

Vice Chancellor AIOU Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui assured the seminaries’ students that they will be facilitated in the admission and examination process. They AIOU, he added, will fully support the initiative being carried out by the government for Madaris reforms so as to bring them into mainstream.

The university will arrange the academic courses that help the students to qualify compulsory and elective subjects of Bachelor level. It will also adopt credible mechanism for conducting exams for the Madaris students.

The fee structure for the students of Madaris will be normal as per AIOU policy. The needy students will be provided financial assistance in shape of scholarships, as well. Text books and tutorial support will be provided by the university.                 Admissions will be offered twice a year.

The Vice Chancellor further said that they had been in negotiation with HEC for the last six months for the AIOU’s role in arranging better educational facilities to the Madaris students in order to bring their academic degrees at par with normal educational institutions. He hoped that thousands of students of Wafaq-ul-Madaris will take benefit of these arrangements. The AIOU will be starting its new admissions from August 1, and these students will be fully facilitated to take the admission in their relevant programs, he added.