Tuesday, June 23, 2015

IT expert appreciates HEC, Microsoft initiatives

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, participated in the Academic Day 2015, organized by Microsoft Pakistan with the collaboration of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The event was attended by the representatives from different universities which included vice chancellors, deans, professors and IT experts.
Microsoft Pakistan has signed an Education Alliance Agreement with the HEC following which the multinational has ingrained their technological solutions among academia all over the country. 
The HEC has been effectively implementing new technologies in academic sector. In collaboration with Microsoft, it launched Academic Initiative Programme which included free or subsidized OS licenses, technical trainings seminars, free academic license of office 365 imagine cup, faculty connections, technical conferences and workshops. 
“There is no doubt or ambiguity to admit that Microsoft office 365 cloud brought revolutionary growth in managing office documentation and correspondence, Abdul Moid Khan, an IT expert and System Manager, SSUET, remarked while sharing his valuable experience gained during implementing Microsoft Office 365, a cloud base technology and application at the campus. 
He revealed that the Sir Syed Univesrity is one of the pioneer universities who first successfully implemented Office 365 at the campus by its own team and expertise, however, migration process of 5000+ accounts and passwords from old system to Office 365 Cloud in a transparent way was a big challenge. The university is now moving towards automation and developing complete paperless environment at the campus. 
Moid Khan reckoned that it’s quite tough to introduce modern technology or new and innovative ideas in a pure traditional society. 
“Nevertheless, the HEC and its IT team must be appreciated for taking very dynamic step for introducing and implementing new technologies. The HEC is providing a great facility for the organizations to purchase costly software and hardware at very subsidized and economical rates,” he complimented.