DCS initiated E-learning activities in 1999 and the idea of Open Learning Institute of Virtual Education (OLIVE) was approved in 2001. This was first milestone towards E-learning. The work was started to establish infrastructure and facilities required for E-learning. Initially course materials and Learning Management System (LMS) were developed for E-education.
Online classes were conducted at AIOU main campus, Lahore region and from other places during four semesters from Spring 2002 to Autumn 2003 semesters. Based on the experiences, DCS decided to offer PGD (CS) in online mode from Spring 2005 semester due to effectiveness of E-learning, low cost, fast communication methods and automated performance measurement mechanisms that enhance the quality of learning.