ISLAMABAD: A world-class information technology data centre has been set up at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) to provide digital-based academic services to the students.
It was formally inaugurated by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui. It will help upgrade the university’s academic programmes and promote on-campus management services. The centre is a step forward towards the provision of the academic contents to the students in soft form, instead of the hard copies.
With smart-use of the technology, the AIOU will be ultimately turned into a paper-less university. It will also work as the digital library, the vice chancellor said in his inaugural address. According to IT Director Muhammad Ajmal Farooq, the Data Centre would provide a strong base for the introduction of the virtual classroom providing online educational services to the students home and abroad.
It will also strengthen campus-infrastructure management in administrative and financial matters. The centre will have many value-added additions to provide relevant academic data to the students at their door-steps. Explaining the technical aspects of the centre, Project Manager Imran Afzal and Technical Committee in-charge Sarfraz Haider said that the Data Centre was well-equipped with all relevant data’s related equipment.
A representative of the Chinese IT-service provider Huawei spokes about the quality and infrastructural strength of the centre. Those who were present on the occasion included deans Dr Nasir Mahmood, Dr Syed Zafar Ilyas and Dr Samina Awan.