Allama Iqbal Open University or AIOU is a public research university in Islamabad, Pakistan. The university is the world’s fourth largest institution of higher learning.
This University was established as University of Islamabad under an Act of National Assembly passed in July, 1967. It started teaching and research program for M.Phil & Ph.D. degrees. Later on, it was decided to start M.Sc. degree program for graduates from all regions of the country, based on regional quota. The University was housed initially in rented buildings in Satellite Town, Rawalpindi and moved to its permanent