AIOU notifies free secondary level education to Balochistan, FATA students

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AIOU free secondary level education to students of FATA and Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) here on Wednesday officially notified provision of free education at the secondary level to the students of Balochistan and Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA) from the next semester, Spring 2018.
According to the University’s Registrar’s department, the formal decision to this effect was taken by the university’s Executive Council at its 106th meeting on the recommendation of their Finance Committee, a press release said on Wednesday.
This is first-time in the history of AIOU that free education at the secondary-level has been made available for marginalized or less-developed areas of the country.
The Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui while making an announcement to this effect here last week had stated that the AIOU being mega university in the public sector fulfills its national responsibility, catering the educational needs of less-far-flung regions, setting aside its financial gains.
Providing free education to Balochistan and FATA’s students is meant to supplement the government’s efforts to upgrade educational facilities in the country and to bring maximum number of the people in the educational net.
The university is already providing free education to neglected sections of the society that include disabled persons, prisoners, drop-out girls and transgender group.
Now they are going to take care of economically less-privileged areas of the country, by making the secondary level education free for the students of Balochistan and FATA, in the first phase, the VC said.
They had already waived off tuition fee for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the tribal areas in wake of counter-terrorism operation, undertaken by the Pakistan Army.
The university is also providing scholarships to the deserving students to ensure that nobody should be left without education because of financial constraints. – APP

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