Islamabad- Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has extended the date for submission of the admission forms till September 19 owing to prevailing political crisis in the country. The students seeking admission in SSC to Ph.D level programs could now submit their admission forms till September 19 without any late fee charges. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Special Task Group (STG) held today under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Abdul Hafeez. Those who attended the meeting includes, Director Admissions, Syed Zia-ul-Hasnain, Controller of Exams, Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi, Chairman, Iqbal Studies Department, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Kamran, Director Academic Planning & Course Production, Mrs. Arifa Salman and Computer Incharge, Mrs. Shabnam N. Shahid. The admission forms along-with prescribed fee could be submitted in countrywide branches of Bank Al-Falah, Habib Bank Ltd, First Women Bank and Allied Bank and at the nominated branches of National Bank of Pakistan and Muslim Commercial Bank. The detail of designated branches is available in the prospectuses as well as in the Regional Offices. He said that fee in shape of bank draft/pay order will not be accepted at any case. According to Director Admissions, AIOU has set-up points for sale of admission forms at its main campus in Islamabad and at its 44-Regional Campuses and 122-Coordinating Offices across the country in order to facilitate the students at their door-steps while the admission forms for M.Phil and Ph.D admissions can be downloaded from the University’s website www.aiou.edu.pk. Ph.D, MS/M.Phil, M.Sc (Statistics), COL (MBA/MPA) and LLM/MS Shari’ah have been offered on merit basis, all those interested for admissions in these programs should send their admission form directly to their concerned departments without admission fee according to the procedures laid down in the prospectus, he added. There will be no requirement of NTS-GAT (General/Subject) for admission in Ph.D and MS/M.Phil programs; however entry test will be conducted by the concerned department. According to Director Admissions, Continuing admission forms have already been dispatched to all the continuing students, however, if somehow any of student has not received the said admission form, he/she can download the same from the AIOU website www.aiou.edu.pk and deposit in any designated bank branch with fee till due date to avoid late fee charges. Further detail about admissions for the Semester Autumn, 2014 can be obtained from Information Management Unit, Admission Department at Ph. No.051-9057151, information about Teacher Training Program on 051-9057426, Secondary Program on 051-9057431, Higher Secondary on 051-9057432, Bachelor Program on 051-9057435 while for further information of the Postgraduate Program on 051-9057422.