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Distance learning, otherwise known as distance training, e-learning, and web-based learning, a type of training where the Instructors, Teachers or Professors are not physically present to students or students cannot attend the classroom. Distance learning generally is best for non-traditional students, for example, all day labourers, housewives, students from remote areas of Pakistan like Tribal areas, and Gilgit Baltistan also the military staff who can't go to study hall addresses.
There are more than 8 Universities offering Distance or Online Education in Pakistan other than VU and AIOU which are mentioned as below
- Virtual University
- Allama Iqbal Open University
- Aga Khan University
- University of Engineering and Technology
- Pakistan Institute of Modern Studies
- Comsats University
- Gomal University Directorate of Distance Education
- Modern Institute of Information and Management
But we will talk about only Virtual University and Allama Iqbal Open University where you are planning to take admission but you are confused about the selection? Well, do not worry because in this section we will compare AIOU and VU with facts, figures, and online student reviews on our portal, Facebook and Other educational Forums.
- AIOU Head office is located in Sector H8 Islamabad 44000 Capital of Pakistan
- VU Corporate office is located in M.A Jinnah Campus, Defence Road, Off Raiwind Road, Lahore
Admission Schedule & Procedure for AIOU and VU
- Virtual University opens admission twice a year namely in January/February and August/September
- The academic year of AIOU is divided into two semesters namely Spring (February to March) and Autumn (July to August)
How to get Admission in AIOU or VU
AIOU (Allama Iqbal Open University)
- Buy the latest prospectus of the university from any Regional office
- Fill your paper form by following instructions given on prospectus
- Submit your form in the nearest bank which is mentioned in the prospectus
- Old Students can also apply online by opening URL https://online.aiou.edu.pk
- VU is now only accepting online applications from all around Pakistan
- You have to create your account on http://www.vu.edu.pk/apply/login.aspx and then log in
- After that, you will get an online Admission Form with 6 Sections. You have to provide relevant information
- You have to purchase a prospectus from campus and then enter their Serial No. and Scratch No.
Fee Structure of AIOU in 2021
Lectures / Teaching Structure of AIOU and VU
Virtual University offers three types of Study Categories
- At Home (If you have Laptop along with good internet to watch Video Lectures of VU Professors)
- VU Campuses (If you don't have internet or computer you can go to VU Campuses)
- Private Campuses or Study Centers
Allama Iqbal Open University Study Pattern
- Students have to prepare 2 Assignments for each subject by their own effort
- If students need something to understand they can go to their Tutors on designated Study Centers.
Overall Reviews of Students for AIOU and VU
- Students from AIOU often found complaining about the slow system of AIOU.
- Sometimes books from AIOU is not delivered on time.
- Students also complain about Slow Web Portal of AIOU
- On Other Hand, VU Students are happier with the services and facilities VU provides.