The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will open its admissions for MS, M.Phil and PhD programmes for the Autumn Semester 2013 today (Monday) across the country simultaneously.
This was announced by AIOU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi while inaugurating the placing of admission forms and prospectuses for the Autumn Semester 2013 on the website of the university here on Friday. Prospectus and admission form can be downloaded from the university website (www.aiou.edu.pk) for which Rs500 will be charged as processing fee.
Board of Advance Studies and Research (BASR) Director and Controller of Examinations Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi, In-charge Computer Section Shabnum N Shahid and other senior officers were present on the occasion.
In his presentation, Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi said that the admissions of PhD programmes (on MS, M.Phil basis) will be offered in Islamic Studies (General), Islamic Studies (Quran and Tasfeer), Chemistry (offered in Islamabad only), Iqbal Studies, Pakistani Languages & Literature (with specialisation in Pushto, Balochi, Brahul, Sindhi, Seraiki, Punjabi) and Urdu. The admissions of M.Phil programmes will be offered in Islamic Studies (General), Islamic Studies (Quran and Tafseer), Arabic, Chemistry (offered in Islamabad only), Iqbal Studies and Mass Communication. The admissions in MS will be offered in Community Health and Nutrition.
He said candidates having M.Phil 1st Division-3 GPA in the relevant subject and NTS GAT (Subject) test with at least 60% marks are eligibility for PhD admissions. The candidates having MSc with 2nd Division and NTS GAT (General) test with 50% marks are eligibility for admissions in MS and M.Phil programmes, he added.
The NTS GAT (General-Subject) results, Dr. Niazi said, are valid for 2 years. Students who have passed the said test within this period and did not get admission can also apply, he asserted. He further said that NTS will conduct a special test on June 23 for those who have not yet passed the test. The last date for registration is June 10. For more details, the candidates may visit the NTS website (www.nts.org.pk).