Thursday, July 23, 2009

PTA starts 'SMS-based Information System'

Pin It ISLAMABAD (July 22 2009): Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has started a project named "SMS-based Information System" for educational institutions, to equip them with an interactive mobile application for broadcasting important information to students and their guardians on their mobile phones.

It is a system of sending SMS using computer software developed by PTA. It has been noted that usually management of educational institutions relies on mail-correspondence with guardians, which is costly and time consuming. PTA would provide this software free of cost to educational institutions across the country. Formal launching ceremony of the system was held today at PTA Headquarters.

During the occasion Naguibullah Malik, Secretary (IT) handed over the software application along with its operating manual to Abdur Rauf Chaudhry, Secretary (Education). The application was presented to Ministry of Education for onward provision to the public-sector educational institutions. Both the secretaries also exchanged PTA souvenir with each other.

This software would help recipient to be aware of events like lecture venue, coursework deadlines, result announcements, attendance details and upcoming school functions or meetings. Since majority of students and parents nowadays own mobile phones and most of them are familiar with sending and receiving SMS text messages, this solution for information dissemination introduced by PTA in educational institutions of Pakistan through SMS would prove to be an important information and communication source. -PR

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