islamabad - Allama Iqbal Open University has set up a separate counter at its main campus for disabled persons, facilitating them in their educational pursuits.

The University provides them free education, as part of its policy of accommodating marginalized sections of the people, a news release said on Thursday.

This is the first time in the University’s history that the disabled were being given special treatment in availing the educational amenities.

According to the Directorate of Student Advisory Services, the step was taken on the instructions of the Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui with the beginning of new academic year (Spring 2018).

During the new admissions begins from Ist of coming month, the physically handicapped people will be fully assisted in the admission’s process by the Directorate officials.

It has been planned to establish similar counters at the University’s forty-four regional offices throughout the country.

Earlier, on the initiative of the Vice Chancellor, the AIOU established Accessibility Centres for visually impaired persons at its main campus and the regional offices.

These centres served as model for the rest of the educational institutions in the country as mark of goodwill gesture towards the disadvantage groups of the people.