HYDERABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 26th August, 2016) : Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has launched six short-term courses with objective to promote skill and knowledge-based courses in agriculture sector. According to announcement here on Friday, the last date for admissions in these courses (Autumn-2016 Semester) has been fixed as September 5, 2016. The courses relate to Plant protection, oil seed crops production, farm machinery, dairy farming, poultry farming, "jadeed zirat" improved methods of fruit production, Home and Farm operational management and farm income generating skills.
Besides these programmes, the admissions of "Postgraduate Diploma" in five diverse disciplines are also open that includes: Gender and Women Studies, Human Resource Management (HRM), Diatec for dieticians and nutrition for Physicians. Associate Degree in Commerce has also been introduced in nine different disciplines. These specializations include: Accounting and Finance, Banking and Finance, Hospital Management, Hotel Management, Human Resource Management, IT Management, Marketing Management and Tourism Management.
The last date for the admission in these programme has been fixed as September 15, 2016. Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor AIOU Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui has informed that these schemes are aimed at enabling the people of rural areas to earn their liveliness. The curriculum about these courses is being updated to equip their students with latest techniques and methods in the field of agriculture, he said and added, "We are laying greater focus on the socio-economic needs of the society".
He informed that the University has set-up "Prospectus Sale Points" at Tehsil level across the country to facilitate the new applicants at their door-step. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui hoped that the people of rural areas will take advantage of the university's academic support. "We provide affordable and flexible means of education that facilitate the people of all-age groups. Such courses could especially benefit females who otherwise could not join formal educational system due to social and security constraints, he added.