AIOU facilitates FATA’s students’ as a special case


Students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) from FATA and other far-flung regions are being fully facilitated for appearing in exams at the nearest place of their residence or workplace, controller exams said.

An exam center from district Kohat for post-graduate students has immediately been shifted to Dera Adam Khel in FATA on the directives of the Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui, a press release stated on Thursday.

A students’ delegation of Darra Adam Khel had met the vice chancellor, proposing shifting of the center that was immediately accepted.

Normally as per the standing university’s practices, center is being set up in any region, keeping in view of a reasonable number of students of those particular areas. But in case of the far-flung region, the rules to this effect have been relaxed as a special case on the plea of the students.

The students had pointed out that they had to travel a long distances of more than 60 kilometers to take their exams.

The vice chancellor said the students are assets of the country and their comfort is most important to the university. Meanwhile, the examination from matric to post-graduate level final exams for autumn 2016 semester was going on smoothly throughout the country.

The exams that started from April 1st will continue till July 21st.

In all, there are around 0.6 million students of various programmes including MSc, MPhil and PhD-level. According to the controller exams, the centers have been set up at tehsil and district level.

Total number of centers is 756. All possible efforts have been made to facilitate the students in attempting the exam at their nearest place.

As per the instructions of the vice chancellor, the entire examination process has been made transparent. Special teams have been constituted to supervise and monitor the examination process.

According to the controller exams, the University has adopted a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy against any kind of unfair practice. Strict vigilance system has been enforced.

The academic standard of the supervising staff has been upgraded to ensure transparency and quality. Necessary arrangements have been made in the office of the controller to receive and attend any proposal or complaint regarding the exam without any delay.

The AIOU’s exams are a big task for the staff of the university as they have to handle more than two million answers copies.

At all levels, transparency was being ensured so that there is no question of cheating in any manner whatsoever. From time to time, special mobile inspection teams are also constituted to make surprise visit to the centers to achieve the purpose, the controller exams added.

The students’ delegation thanked the vice chancellor for his pro-student policy.