The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Tuesday has announced plans to offer admission via fully automated mechanism from Autumn 2021 semester. According to AIOU, prospectuses and admission application forms for all programs will be available online on the university website (www.aiou.edu.pk). Applicants will not only be required to fill an online application form but also upload relevant documents on online admission portal. However, printed prospectuses and admission forms will be available in those areas where internet facilities are either nonexistent or very scarcely available. Moreover, students can also deposit admission fees online via Jazz cash, Easypaisa and Upaisa mobile applications, retailer agent franchises as well as through the branches of Mobilink, Telenor and Ubank. It is pertinent to mention here that admissions in the first phase of autumn 2021 semester will be offered on July 15 across the country for matriculation, intermediate, certificate courses, BS (face to face), M Phil and PhD programs. The AIOU has established facilitation desks at the regional offices of the university throughout the country on the special directives of Prof Dr Zia Ul-Qayyum, VC, AIOU to facilitate students in the online admission process so that the students may avail internet facilities free of cost. Admissions in the second phase of autumn 2021 semester will be offered from September 1 for the programs including BS, BA (Associate Degree) and various B Ed programs. It is pertinent to mention here that AIOU has fully transformed its key academic, administrative and financial operations from manual to automation to enhance transparency and efficiency. As a pilot project, all important academic operations of post graduate programs including admissions, workshops, assignment submission were digitized from spring 2020 semester. The students have greatly admired the University’s administration for providing them educational facilities at their doorsteps with efficiency and accuracy.