ISLAMABAD— Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA) has formally awarded license to Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) to launch its own TV channel.

According to a PEMRA’s press release, the AIOU has been allowed to launch a non-commercial Satellite TV channel.

The decision to this effect was made at a meeting held here that presided over by the PEMRA’s chairman Muahmmad Saleem Baig.

Vice Chancellor AIOU Professor Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyum thanked the PEMRA for the approval, hoping it will be a big step forward promoting quality education with the support of electronic network.

For the AIOU, he added this is a great breakthrough in enhancing access of its academic programs to its around 1.4 million students across the country, through distance learning system with the support of multimedia. 

According to Director, University’s Institute of Communication Technology (ICT), necessary legal requirements like depositing of fee to PEMPRA will be fulfilled soon.

The channel will be exclusively used for educational purposes.

The move is part of the University`s consistent efforts providing quality education through the use of radio and TV network as well.

Over the years, the IET has been playing an important role in arranging media and technology based academic programs for the benefit of students.

The University is already running an Online Web-tv channel. The number of students benefitting from it is estimated to be in thousands.

The IET also engaged in preparing multimedia academic programs and is also running FM`s radio network that broadcast variety OF academic programs from 8 am to 9 pm daily.