Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the largest Information Communication Technology (ICT) service provider in Pakistan, has today inked an agreement for providing Cloud Computing Services to Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU).
Under the umbrella of Cloud Computing Services, PTCL shall be offering the Web Space, Email, Unified Collaboration Services bundled with EVO access for the Students, Teachers and Management of AIOU.
The service shall benefit more than 1.3 million students of AIOU, enrolled in various courses from across Pakistan. AIOU enrolls more than 700,000 students every six months and an equal number passes out each semester.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Nazir A Sangi, Vice Chancellor AIOU and Samer Ajjawi, Advisory Team Member Business Development Etisalat.
The agreement was signed by Zahid Mahmood, PTCL GM Corporate Sales North and AIOU Registrar Mr. Muhammad Bashir Ch.
Tariq Salman, PTCL Chief Technical Officer (CTO) said at the occasion, “PTCL business solutions are designed to enable growth and diversity and ‘Taleemi Cloud’ is a unique product which provides end-to-end data and solution integration and access for remote learning. The service is geared towards filling the void in this underserved segment, and shall provide increased educational opportunities in Pakistan.”
Samer Ajjawi, Advisory Team Member Business Development Etisalat said at the occasion, “This collaboration shall enable and contribute towards serving the AIOU initiatives for Online Educational needs of students across Pakistan and PTCL remains committed to provide technological support for the current and future ICT needs of AIOU”.
Dr. Nazir A Sangi, AIOU Vice Chancellor acknowledged PTCL efforts in joining hands with AIOU for dissemination of quality education in Pakistan through remote learning initiatives. He added there is a dire need to adopt modern technologies for facilitating the students as well as the faculty. By partnering with PTCL, AIOU will be able to share its teaching resources with the students in remote areas and across the country.
Dr. Nazir A Sangi also expressed his intentions for establishing a Disaster Recovery (DR) site in PTCL Tier3 Certified Data Centers for security of Data & educational video content.