Launch of Domains

A New Frontier for Academic and Educational Service Providers

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new "ACADEMIC" domain extension, on 15th May, designed to support a diverse array of entities engaged in educational services, research, and virtual or online education. The domains will further enable the online presence for professionals and entities within the academic sector, including tuition academies, online training, and educational service providers. This initiative aims to broaden the digital presence of educational services, facilitating a unique and dedicated online space for those contributing to education in various capacities.

How it is different from

The domain extension is distinct from the existing domains, which are reserved primarily for accredited educational institutions recognized by the relevant educational authorities. In contrast, domains are available without the requirement of documentation for formal educational accreditation or registration with the education department. This makes a more accessible option for a wider array of professionals. who are currently offering or plan to offer educational and academic services.

Key Benefits of the Domain

Accessibility: There is no need for formal educational accreditation, allowing a broader range of educational providers to establish an online presence.

Credibility: A domain that aligns closely with Academic and Educational activities, enhancing the professional image of service providers.

Virtual Training The new domain extension is particularly beneficial for innovative online educational and training bodies utilizing modern technologies and methods. These trailblazing entities will find domains especially valuable, because they often operate beyond the conventional frameworks guidelines which can hinder the eligibility for the traditional accreditation processes. This domain provides a platform to showcase their pioneering educational solutions without the constraints of traditional accreditation requirements, thereby enhancing their visibility and legitimacy in the digital space.

Targeted Identity: This new offering is specifically tailored for those offering educational and academic services, making it easier for students and learners to find relevant services online. It responds to the growing need for educational service providers to distinguish themselves in the digital landscape and offer their services more prominently to the public. The domain is intended to support expanding educational services beyond traditional institutions, accommodating the diverse and evolving landscape of education in Pakistan.


The registration for domains is set to commence on 12pm noon Pakistan time, 15th May 2024. Interested parties are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the registration processes here on our website and secure their domain as soon as they become available. There will be no Sunrise period, and will be available to everyone starting from 15h May. To summarize:

  • will become available on 15th May, starting at 12pm noon Pakistan standard time.
  • The price for will be the same as other .pk domains
  • There is no Sunrise period for, and domains will become available for everyone on 15h May.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    In principle, you are free to choose the domain name. However, you cannot choose names that are in use by other organizations, or names that for various reasons are prohibited or reserved for technical, ethical or national considerations. You also have a duty to ensure that your registration of a domain name does not infringe another party's right to the same name. Remember that the responsibility always rests with you. Here, you can read more about choosing a name.
    To find out if a name is available or to find out who registered a particular name, use our WHOIS Search tool which can be found on the home page of our website.
    For domain registrants based in Pakistan, a domain fee of Rs. 1600 per year will be charged. For domain registrant or their registrar located outside Pakistan, a fee of $15.99 per domain per year is charged. The fee is charged on a biennial basis (two-year period) and can be paid up to a maximum of ten years.
    Once the Registry System has been updated, the information in our database is shared with the Internet's zone files worldwide. This sharing process is called 'propagation', because the new information about your Domain Name spreads or propagates across the Internet. The zone files are propagated frequently, every few hours. We cannot control the rate at which the millions of servers on the Internet are updated, but generally your domain should be available to Internet users within a very short period.
    Once a domain has been registered, its name can not be modified.
    From time to time it is necessary to reach a contact person for the domain. This could be due to technical problems or disputes. In these situations, it is vital that the contact data is up to date. As the domain name holder, you are responsible for keeping your contact information updated.
    PKNIC office is located in Lahore. PKNIC has no other offices or outlets in the country. Please note that any appointed resellers or agents are independent companies with whom PKNIC has no financial ownership affiliation or partnership.
    PKNIC does not provide any website or email hosting services. PKNIC is responsible for the operation of the .PK root servers and thus enabling the registered .pk domains on the internet.

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