ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - 9th August, 2016) : Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has allocated Rs. 12 million annually in nine financial assistance/scholarships schemes to support needy students for the continuity of their studies. In this regard, AIOU has also expanded its financial support package for the needy students to ensure that nobody should be left without education just because of financial or social constraints. This is the right of every citizen to get facilitated for continuation of their study under the constitution, and the AIOU being the public sector institution fulfills the responsibility of covering all segments of society, and bring the education at their door-steps.
This was stated by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui on Tuesday while reviewing the on-going admission process. The AIOU continues its policy of providing financial assistance to the needy and deserving students through various schemes. The scholarship package includes: Earn to learn scheme, Merit Scholarship Scheme, Outreach Scholarship Scheme, Scholarship for Communities, and Scholarship for Women, Fee Installment Scheme and Alumni/Sponsored Scholarship.
Besides this, Fee installment facility is also available. The Vice Chancellor said, the merit scholarships scheme is an initiative to generate competition in educational pursuits and encourage the brilliant students. The scholarship is also being offered to the fresh and continuing students of all levels if they secure 75% and above marks in their latest results in any academic program. Deserving and needy students who fall in these categories were advised to contact their nearest Regional Campus of the University for assistance in accordance with the prescribed rules.
Interested students can download application form from the University's Website and send it to the given address along with his/her academic documents. The scholarship can also be availed in case annual income of any student or his parents is less than of Rs. 2, 50.000, said Director Regional Services Mian Arif Saleem Arif while explaining the support schemes. The University's Executive Council has already approved these schemes. Necessary funds for the schemes have been earmarked in the annual budget.