Allama Iqbal Open University was founded in 1974, in Islamabad, Pakistan. It was established under an act by the Parliament of Pakistan in 1974 as a non-formal way of distance education in Pakistan. It is the first Open University in Asia, the second Open University in the world, and is one of the largest universities by enrollment.
AIOU is a unique institution in Pakistan because of its philosophy, system, approach, functions and overall structure. The University with its main campus at Islamabad and huge network of regional centers spread all over the country is serving its clientele all over Pakistan and in the Middle East. AIOU is a Distance Education institution, which provides multi-disciplinary education from basic to doctoral level programs.
AIOU allows working individuals a chance to enhance themselves and their education without having to leave their family, home and jobs. This form of distance education works extremely well with the female population of the region. It provides them with a chance to study at home. This technique is also very effective in reaching and teaching individuals located in more rural areas of the nation.