The launch of the Virtual University is a historical milestone for Pakistan in the field of higher education. It is expected to have a great impact on the socio-economic growth of Pakistan. The idea of the Virtual University of Pakistan is to extend affordable, quality higher education to all areas of Pakistan, based on the excellent existing telecommunications infrastructure.
The feasibility study for the establishment of a Virtual IT University (VITU) was carried out in 2001 and it quickly evolved into the project proposal for the Virtual University of Pakistan, which was designed to be a full-fledged university, not limited to any particular field. The Government has put it as a high priority project in its policy. As the name indicates, the Virtual University delivers education with a modern approach: it combines broadcast television and the Internet to deliver quality education.