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Virtual University of Pakistan (VU), Perception vs. Reality

Virtual University of Pakistan (VU), Perception vs. Reality

By Waqar Ahmad


Education is one of the most important building blocks in the progress of a Nation. Talking about the education sector of Pakistan we come across many names who promise to provide world class quality education. But the question is; are they really providing the quality education on the basis of which we can compete at international level? Though, there are many institutions and Universities that are serving this purpose but I would like to talk about Virtual University (VU), Pakistan first Distance Learning Institution.


Virtual University Logo Virtual University is the Pioneer University in distance learning based on the Modern Information and Communication Technologies. VU was established by the Government as a not-for-profit, public sector institution which will provide within reach, world class education to students across country.


But the question arises, Is VU really being able to provide the world class education to its students? One should or should not join this distance learning institution? In order to get the answer lets just go through what is the general perception and what is the reality and then I will leave it up to you to decide whether VU is really providing the world class quality education or not. And on the basis of this you can decide whether one should or should not join VU.


Let’s start our discussion with the general perception about VU in public.

General Perception:


* Generally VU is perceived as sub-standard university as it’s not being regarded well.
* It’s thought that those who don’t get admission any where join this institution.
* The education standard is not really good.
* The graduates from this university don’t get jobs easily.
* The degree of this institution is not regarded well anywhere.
* The building doesn’t have proper equipment and all the facilitation.
* Students face the issue of timing.




If above mentioned points are general perception then it’s alarming for VU management. Let’s try to find out why people perceive VU as sub-standard.


* Good positioning and marketing is missing which is one basic reason why people

   perceive it a sub-standard.
* The society in which we are living in, we think that education is only possible in class

* Little awareness of distance learning education is another reason for this negative

  perception of VU.
* We as a Nation are not really good in adapting new things and technology. This lack

   of information and use of technology is causing this perception.


That was the general perception. Now let’s talk about the reality, what VU is and what it is doing for the Nation.



* This institution is for those people who are doing some kind of job and want to

   continue studies. As they provide them distance learning facility so they can take the

   classes any time sitting anywhere around the country.
* There is no issue of timing as student can take virtual classes via Virtual television

   i.e. VTV1, VTV2, VTV3, VTV4 and also through DVD’s provided by VU at affordable

* All the campuses of LHR, KHI & RWP PVC’s they all equipped with A/c & heaters. Labs

  are quipped with latest PC’s Plus Wireless LAN Connection.
* Graduates from VU are working in many multinational, semi Private and Governmental

  organization. And many have started their own entrepreneurial ventures. And to make

  sure that the graduates form VU gets the best a Job Portal is being initiated by VU in

  alliance with Rozee.Pk. You can visit the website http://vu.rozee.pk .
* The quality of education is world class. As the modules taught are the same as in

  LUMS, Yale, MIT and other universities. And to teach these modules the top class

  instructor are being hired. According to the Webomatrics Ranking of the top 100

  subcontinent universities, VU holds its place.
* Students are appreciated to come up with new things and ideas in order to improve

  their learning like development of their own data sheets etc.


This was the whole story about the VU. What’s being perceived and what’s the reality. Now I leave it up to you now to decide whether you still think VU is a sub-standard institute or not.


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Comment by Syed Hasnain Haider Shah on December 3, 2013 at 9:44pm
Please help bohat stress mein ho
Mein B.B.A(Hons) ka student ho jesa kay degree requirement 2.25 hai agar mein tamam subjects pass kr lo aur mera cgpa 2.0 ho tu degree nahi milay ghi lakin result card tu mil jaey gha na matlab jasay hum intermediate pass karty hai tu humay humara result card milta hai tu 2.0 cgpa pay mujay mera result card mil jaey gha?
Comment by WaleedSubhani on December 2, 2012 at 4:13pm

V.U is among the most renowned universities of the world who are providing education on the basis of case study method. Most of the world renowned universities are using this method. Even the top Pakistani universities are not using this method & using the average weightage methods / or other studing methods for education.

As far as the faculity is concerned, there is no issue with the facuilty as the teachers hold world class academdic records & experienced professional carrers too. They bring the lectures in a very informative & precise way.

I consider V.U as one of the most revolotionary Institute in Pakistan

Comment by Iftikhar Mughal on December 9, 2011 at 11:22pm

If you have seen the education standard of other countries, then you will come to know the value of UV education or value of education in Pakistan. I am working on the basis of F.Sc from Pakistan and now 2 engineers and one M.Sc Chemistry from India and 3 MSc from Bangladesh working under me. Now in 2011, I joined VU for further studies. My idea was also same before coming out from Pakistan. If we compare VU with other universities with respect to education, it is 100s times better in quality and eduction provided. Best wishes to VU and all its supporting members.

Comment by Mohsin Raza Merchant on December 10, 2009 at 10:34am
You are right. It is pity for our nation that the worth of thing they can get easily worth zero than what they can get costly. Perception is perception, the secrete of turning crisis into opportunity does not lie in LUMS and IBA and other Top of the rant universities charginng million in tutution fee, but right in our mind! how to achieve big goals economically is more wiser and deemed intelligence and genious than what is achived through spendiing millions!
Comment by Muhammad Kamran on December 8, 2009 at 10:55am
Your observations are depend upon reality base. Thanks for sharing these good ideas about VU Study.
Muhammad Kamran

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