ISLAMABAD – Special M.Phil (Professional Track) degree program for accredited journalists has started in Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) from the current semester.

Admission for the program has been opened and the practicing journalists, holding master-degree in Mass Communication/journalism can apply for admission till March 6, said an announcement of the University’s Admission Department.

The M. Phil degree for the journalist community has been introduced on the personal initiative of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Shahid Siddiqui who wished to facilitate the journalists in enhancing their academic qualification and professional skill, the announcement added.

As per the plan, already approved by the University’s Academic Council, senior media practitioners will be invited to share their knowledge and skill with their fellow colleagues as visiting resource persons.

Besides this, the University’s Department of Mass Communication has developed short-term courses in various media disciplines that will also be introduced soon.

The AIOU, being a media-based institution providing education to the people through distance-learning, is keen to serve the journalist community by meeting their professional requirements.

AIOU has provided bachelor, Master, M. Phil and PhD level education in journalism to a large number of students since 1987, who are now working in various media houses in a senior position.

The working journalists get preference in the admission in merit-based Master degree-level programmes.

The University has also already introduced a two-year degree program in TV production.

Dr Shahid Siddiqui attached high importance to media, which has now emerged as a most strong social institution to service the society through education.

AIOU is also actively engaged in disseminating research-based knowledge to the public and the end users through the support the journalist community.-Online