There are numbers of distance learning education institutes are working in Pakistan. These universities provide education in different modes of learning. Pakistan is a developing country. The literacy rate in Pakistan is 60% that is low as compare to developed countries, where is 100% literacy rate. In Pakistan, 61% of populations live in rural areas, where there are lack of educational institutes and many other necessities of life. In this situation distance education has played an important role to increase the literacy rate in rural areas, but still need much improvement. Higher Education Commission Pakistan regulates and oversees these institutes in the country.
Name of top 10 distance learning or education universities in Pakistan are given below;
- Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad (AIOU):
Allama Iqbal Open University is a public research university located in Islamabad. it is Asian’s first Open University, founded in 1974, with motto ‘Education for all’. It is most attractive university with an annually 12 hundred thousand enrollment of students, majority of them are women. University has numbers of campuses all over the Pakistan. It is the largest source of distance learning in Pakistan.
- Virtual University of Pakistan (VU):
Virtual University of Pakistan is a public university, located in Lahore. It is the first university of Pakistan that completely based on modern information and communication technologies. VU established by the government of Pakistan to promote distance learning education with modern technologies. It provides online lectures and broadcast its programs
- Directorate of Distance Education, Islamic International University:
Islamic International University is a public research university located in Islamabad. It is established in 1980. University has begun Directorate of Distance Education in 2015 for the purpose to promote the education through mode of distance learning. Directorate of Distance Education offers multiple programs such as BS, MS, and PHD.
- COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Virtual Campus:
COMSATS is a public research university located in Islamabad, founded in 1994. University has started Virtual Campus for distance education. it offers online courses to promote education. It use asynchronous learning modes of education, in which students access and study course materials whenever they want.
- Distance Education, Gomal University:
Gomal University is public research university located in D.I. Khan, founded in 1974. It is one of the oldest universities of the Pakistan. It started distance education to promote education for rural areas. University provides both modes of learning, asynchronous and synchronous.
- Sarhad university of Science and Information Technology:
Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology is located in Peshawar. University, under its character started distance education programs. It uses asynchronous mode of learning . University delivers necessary required materials to students at homes. Students can also attend lecture, workshops and seminar in Distance Education centers.
- The Islamia University of Bahawalpur:
The Islamia University located in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. University has been started distance learning education since 2011. It delivers correspondence that includes detailed contents, activities, handouts and assignments schedules.
- University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore:
UET located in Lahore. It started distance learning programs to promote technical and academic education. University delivers videos and other necessary materials to students at home.
- University of Pashawar:
University of Pashawar is a public research university located in Pashawar. It offers distance learning programs to promote education in country.
- Government College University Faisalabad:
Government College University Faisalabad is a general public research university, located in Faisalabad. University established Directorate of Distance Learning Education to promote the education. In distance education university delivers correspondent package which include self-learning materials.