Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has won a bid to provide all Punjab educational boards of intermediate and secondary education with latest information and communications technology (ICT) services.
According to the details, PTCL will be the exclusive provider of ICT services to all eight intermediate and secondary education boards of Punjab including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur and DG Khan boards. PTCL will provide data center based hosting services for the customized application software of the boards, countrywide IP based access to students and citizens and secure access to the hosting servers for the customer Network Operation Centers (NOCs).
The ICT services provided by PTCL would enable the Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISEs) with hosting services of their dynamic websites providing fast and efficient services to their candidates and visitors with online registration and issuance of registration card, submission of online admission forms and access to the results, retrieval and printing of roll number slips, interface for affiliated schools and colleges and any other services as determined by the BISEs.
Services of PTCL’s “Tier 3 certified Data Center” Lahore will form the basis for provisioning of the Managed services in a highly available infrastructure in terms of power, HVAC, security and all other Tier 3 plus data center features, together with appropriate access links to the fully redundant self-healing backbone optical fiber network, higher level of security and technology support to BISE’s critical operations.
SEVP Corporate Services Furqan Habib Qureshi has termed this venture as an important milestone towards providing the country’s educational sector with futuristic ICT services in order to equip them with efficient and smart operational capabilities. He said that PTCL will extend the required telecom and data services for all BISEs in Punjab in a dynamic way with the best technologies available that would go a long way in helping the students across Punjab in resolving their routine issues with their concerned educational board in a smart and convenient way through web-based operations. The ICT services will also provide the management and staff of all the BISEs with an efficient working environment minimizing the hassles of dealing with a large crowd of candidates and students every day and lessening the paper work.