ISLAMABAD: To facilitate new and existing students during the lockdown, imposed to fight the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has decided to offer them the option to pay their semester fee in two instalments.
A statement issued by the AIOU on Thursday said that the varsity’s administration, in a high-level meeting chaired by Vice-Chancellor Dr Ziaul Qayyum, had decided to take this step due to the pandemic in the country.
Per the decision, all new and continuing students of AIOU will be able to pay their semester and admissions fees for MA, MSc, MEd, BEd, BS, BA, BBA, associate degrees and postgraduate diplomas for spring 2020, semester in two equal instalments.
The date to submit the first instalment has been fixed as June 5, while the date for submitting the second instalment will be July 17, 2020.
VC Qayum said that the university, realising its social responsibility, is going to support its students who may be facing financial problems due to the nation-wide lockdown.
"The students are our asset and the university will leave no stone unturned to facilitate them. They will continue its teaching practices through the use of online educational technology," he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2020.