In 1987 the Department of Pakistan Studies was separated from its parent department, the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, and was established as an independent department in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Since its inception the department has developed and offered several courses of Pakistan Studies ranging from Matriculation (Secondary School Certificate) to Master’s levels.
M.Sc. Pakistan Studies was offered first time in 1985. Since then, it has produced a large number of graduates who are serving the nation in various capacities and bringing honour and pride to the Department of Pakistan Studies and to the AIOU.
The Department was established to provide education on Pakistani Society and Culture, Political and Economic Institutions, History and Geography in an integrated and interdisciplinary ways.
M.Sc. Pakistan Studies: For the pragmatic understanding of the people of any country it is inevitable to study the Geography, History, Politics, Economics and Culture of that particular country, because these elements contribute in shaping the aspiration and hopes of the people. M.Sc. Pakistan Studies programme is destined to produce social scientist, who can study Pakistan is Two Years (Four Semesters) Objectives of the Programme: The Programme aims at producing such minds that can understand the complexities and problems associated with the modern nation-state through interdisciplinary approach.
Eligibility for Admission Minimum required qualification for admission in M.Sc. Pakistan Studies is Second Division bachelor's degree or its equivalent. An eligible candidate is required to attach attested photocopies of certificates/degrees and marks sheet with Admission Form (duty filled in) along with the requisite fee and submit it in the bank as per prescribed procedure.
(Admission's is to be started in August/September every year).
Medium of Instruction The medium of instruction and examination is preferably English.
Under Continuous Assessment (Assignments) system, the students have to submit Two Assignments for each 3-Credit Hours Course to his/ her tutor in the stipulated time mentioned in the assignment schedule. Passing marks of the assignments are 40 percent.
At the end of each semester, final examination will be conducted by the university for each course. Students need 40 percent marks to pass the final examination, however, it is necessary for the students to obtain an aggregate of 40 percent (assignment + final examination) in each course. The ratio of weightage of marks in assignments and final examination is 30:70 percent respectively.
Attendance in workshops are compulsory. Total duration of workshop in each semester (fifteen credit hours courses) will be fifteen (15) days.
Fee Tariff Course Fee (3 -Credit Hours): Rs.1300
Registration Fee: Rs.200
Admission Fee: Rs.700
Technology Fee: Rs. 100
Total Fee of 1st Semester Rs. 7500
Future Plans :
M. Phil. Pakistan Studies Ph. D. Pakistan Studies
Academic Facilities :
· Arrangement of Tutorial meetings
· Access to libraries and internet at main campus and regional offices
· Audio-visual support in the form of broadcasting and non-broadcasting programmes
Postal Address :
Department of Pakistan Studies, Allama Iqbal Open University, H-8, Islamabad, Pakistan.