It is a known fact that blindness places an immense socioeconomic burden on the individual as well as on the community. Two thirds or more of all blindness is avoidable in that the contributing causes are preventable. Allama Iqbal Open University is endeavoring to contribute in overcoming the avoidable blindness by training Middle Level Eye Care Personnel (MLECP). AIOU in collaboration with Ophthalmology departments of various teaching hospitals and optic shops of Rawalpindi/Islamabad. Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar is offering programmes in Vision Sciences at following three levels.
1.Diploma in Vision Sciences for Ophthalmic Technicians
2. B.Sc Vision Sciences
3. B.Sc Honours in Vision Sciences.
Ł Diploma in Vision Sciences for Ophthalmic Technicians from AIOU with a minimum of 50% marks. Students are required to submit dues along with all necessary documents with in due date specified in the newspaper by the admission department.
Six semesters (NOTE: One year course work of Diploma is also included in this duration).
Medium of Instruction:
Medium of instruction for all three levels of the programme is English. Students will have to do all the assignments, practicals and final exam in English except Pakistan Studies and Islamiat.
Teaching methodology would include both the face-to-face tutorials and distance learning entities. The face to face tutorial would be employed for subjects related to clinical and community ophthalmology and the non.clinical subjects like Pak studies and Islamiat would be taught through purly distance learning. The training is carried out at ophthalmology department of approved study centers of teaching hospitals by registered competent tutors at each level. If a tutorial session is missed by a student, the student can correspond with the tutor to get guidance. The students are informed of their tutorís name and addresses by the local regional offices of Allama Iqbal Open university, if with in twenty days after receiving the study packs, a student does not receive the tutorí name and address, he/she should contact the AIOU Regional Director in his/her area. A tutorial of one and a half hour duration for each course, on fortnightly basis for four months in each semester will be held. T
This programme is launched in collaboration with Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Hayatabad |Medical Complex Peshawar who will help AIOU by making the services of experts available for the three levels of the programme for the following activities:
1. Providing developed study material on the basis of approved outlines
2. Face to face tutoring where appropriate in the workshops/tutorials/new classes organized by the AIOU
3. Serving tutors and examiners
4. Supervising internship training work for the graduate and post graduate level programme.