AIOU removes condition of GAT test for MPhil and PhD


ISLAMABAD: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has decided to remove the compulsory condition of GAT test for the admissions of MPhil and PhD in line with the recent judgment of the Lahore High Court and the HEC notification.The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Ali Asghar Chishti. The decision would be effective from autumn semester, 2014. The students seeking admissions in the higher education (MPhil and PhD) would not be required to pass the GAT (General and Subject) test, conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS). The entry test for the admissions in these programmes would now be conducted by the relevant departments, as per the requirement of the HEC and rules and conditions laid down under the university's charter, said admissions Director Syed Ziaul Hasnain Naqvi.It may be mentioned here that the AIOU is holding its PhD programmes in Islamic studies (Gen), Islamic studies (Quran and Tafseer), chemistry, Iqbal studies, Pakistani languages and literature, Shariah, Urdu, and mass communication. The MPhil programme is being conducted in the different subjects, including Islamic studies, Quran and Tafseer, Arabic, chemistry, community health and nutrition, gender and women studies, MCom (accounting and finance). The admissions for the next semester in these programmes would be started from August 1. The AIOU is introducing PhD in mass communication from the upcoming semester, keeping in view the demand of the working journalists and media persons. Similarly, the AIOU has decided to introduce Master of Law (LLM) programme from the next semester, mainly to facilitate the practicing lawyers who intend to improve their academic qualifications. 

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