The Virtual University has the privilege of being Pakistan’s first ever higher education institution that is solely based on Information and Communication. The private, research University is situated in the heart of the urban and metropolitan city ‘Lahore.’ The institution was established in 2002 by the Pakistan Government to encourage distant and virtual learning in the modern fields of IT and Computer Science. The Pakistan Virtual University is public sector and nonprofit institution. A wide range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses in business administration, economics, computer science, and information technology are offered by this prestigious institution.
The Virtual University of Pakistan has been granted a Federal Charter, hence the degrees awarded by the University are recognized and accepted all over the country as well as overseas.
The university has adopted a distinctive approach to disseminate knowledge. The online tutoring, video lectures, video conferences, online lectures, online books and journals of the University promote and supplement distant learning programs. The University is the pioneer and the initiator of virtual learning or distant learning programs in Pakistan. The Pakistan Virtual University is the foremost University that introduced the unique concept of virtual learning to cater to the students who cannot attend regular educational institutions due to some restrictions or engagements. The virtual learning program attracts a substantially large student body especially some females who have the restrictions of going to the Universities. The Virtual Learning Program also targets the students who are have to work to make a living and cannot attend the regular educational programs. As all lectures of the University are available on the internet, the student body of the university is not limited to any region or zip code. Students from all over Pakistan can gain admission to the desired degree programs. In fact the Virtual University also has international students.
It is one of the pioneer universities in Pakistan to be established on the concept of virtual or distant learning. Virtual University is a blessing in disguise for working people, females and people with other responsibilities who find it hard to complete their education.
The goal of the university is to deliver illustrious education to even the remotest areas of Pakistan, for which the university is utilizing and harnessing technology in the most effective ways. Their main ideology behind an open or virtual university was to cater the educational needs of the masses who cannot conveniently leave their homes and jobs.
The university also attracts the students because of its affordable fee structure. Virtual Learning follows a cost-effective policy according to which quality higher education is provided at minimum cost. The university receives special funds and donations from the government.