Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) provided fee concession to record number of pupils in the recent year to promote its policy of ensuring education to ALL.
The number of beneficiaries having fee concession under the University’s scholarship schemes was 20,466 in the financial year of 2018-19, that is a record in the history of AIOU. In the corresponding period, the number of beneficiaries were 19, 226.
In order to accommodate maximum number of deserving students in each academic semester, the amount of fee-concession or fee-waiver was the more than allocated budget in the financial year 2018-19.
As per the policy, if annual income of a student or his parents is less than Rs. 3, 60,000, he can apply for fee concession in a particular program under the scholarship schemes, through his respective regional office.
The AIOU is only University in the country that is providing free Matric-level education to the students from Baluchistan and the tribal regions. The number of such students who availed the facility was 1376 in the recent year.
The AIOU has made available secondary-level free education to marginalized or less-developed areas of the country that includes disabled persons, prisoners, drop-out girls, and transgender.