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The Virtual University of Pakistan
is the first distance learning university in Pakistan based entirely on modern information and communication technologies. It was established by the Government of Pakistan as a public sector, not-for-profit institution with a clear mission: to provide extremely affordable education to students all over the country and abroad. Using free-to-air satellite television broadcasts and the Internet, the Virtual University allows students to follow its rigorous programs regardless of physical location. It thus aims at alleviating the lack of capacity in existing universities while simultaneously tackling the acute shortage of qualified professors in the country. By identifying the top professors of the country, regardless of their institutional affiliations, and requesting them to develop and deliver courses, the Virtual University aims at providing the best courses not only to its own students but also to students of all other universities in the country.

Governance

The Board of Governors is the apex body of the University, responsible for the general supervision and control of administrative,
academic and financial affairs and having the power to lay down the
policies of the University. The Rector is the chief executive and
academic officer of the University; this position's responsibility is to
ensure that the provisions of the Virtual University Ordinances
Statutes, Regulations, and Rules are faithfully observed in order to
promote teaching, research, administration, general efficiency and good
order of the University. Authorities of the University include:

  • Executive Council
  • Academic Council
  • Boards of Studies
  • Advanced Studies and Research Board
  • Selection Board
  • Finance and Planning Council
  • Affiliation Committee.

Officers of the University include the Registrar, the Director Finance, the Director Administration, the Controller of Examinations,
Manager IT and the University Auditor.



Bachelor of Science Programs

The Bachelor of Science program prepares its students to meet the demanding challenges of the modern workplace. The degree requires more
than 130 credit-hours of work. In the senior year, student will be
required to spend a good deal of time completing a capstone project.
Typically. this project will be done in collaboration with industry,
under the guidance of a professional nominated by the University. The
curriculum for various majors is based on the recommendations of the
National Curriculum Revision Committees approved by the Higher Education
Commission (HEC). However, the Academic Council of the University may
update the curricula from time to time.

Virtual University of Pakistan offers two types of 132 credit-hour programs

  • Bachelor of Science programs for Intermediate or Equivalent Certificate holders
  • Bachelor of Science programs for lower Bachelor degree holders (FAST TRACK program)

Master's Degree Programs

Students who have completed their Bachelor's degree (with at least 45% marks) from a recognized university or institution can apply for
admission to Master of Computer Science (MCS), Master of Information
Technology (MIT) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs.
These programs comprise seventy-two credit hours each, spread over four
semesters and allow graduates to upgrade their skill sets into the
requirements of the modern knowledge era. Rigorous curricula allow
graduates of these programs to compete effectively with their
counterparts who have graduated from corresponding four year
baccalaureate programs.

Students completing their 16-year education in computer science and information technology field are provided the opportunity to take
admission this advanced level degree program. According to HEC criteria,
these degrees are equivalent to an MPhil program offered by any other
university in the country.




Programs by Faculty

Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology

* Master of Computer Science
* Master of Information Technology

Faculty of Management

* Master of Business Administration

Campuses

Virtual University was founded in 2002 since which it has expanded operations to reach more than sixty cities throughout the country with
more than one hundred associated institutions providing infrastructure
support to students. In addition, Pakistani students residing in several
other countries in the region are also enrolled in the University's
programs.

Virtual University has two types of campuses, its own, and those that are run by other organizations. These private campuses use buildings in
private institutions in various cities. These facilities are required
to have a computer lab and Internet access.



Milestones and Achievements



* President of Pakistan inaugurated the Virtual University of Pakistan. March 23, 2002
* First batch of 500 students starts classes. March 26, 2002
* Federal Charter granted by Government of Pakistan. September 01, 2002
* VU start broadcasts over its own TV Channels VTV1, & VTV2. June 15, 2004
* VU selected as coordinating institute of multi-country IDRC funded project. March 1, 2005
* VU, in keeping with its Open education Resources policy, puts is lectures on Youtube November, 2005
* Launch of MCS, MIT and MBA programs. March 6, 2006
* Launch of two new TV channels VTV3, & VTV4. September 26, 2006
* VU become Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) member. November 7, 2006
* VU agreement with Ujala TV Dubai for telecasting VU programs. November 30, 2006
* VU agreement with University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences of offering joint BS Bio-informatics program. May 25, 2007
* Launch of MS program in Computer Science. Fall 2007
* Launch of B.A., B.Com., B.Sc. (2-year programs). Fall 2009"
* VU Launch its In-House Developed LMS (Learning Management System)and other MIS(s) By IT Department. Spring 2009

Note:These information are collected by the different resources
figures might be change with due to spend of time





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