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PTA signs two MoUs for telecom research

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with the Centre for Advance Studies and Engineering (Case) and the Institute of Space Technology (IST) to promote telecom related research that will be beneficial for the institutions, the telecom industry and the country.

According to an announcement made by the PTA here on Thursday, the MoUs would also boost mutual cooperation in the relevant fields and would enhance the industry academia linkages. Chairman PTA, Dr Mohammed Yaseen, Member Technical PTA, Dr Khawar Siddique Khokhar, President Case, Dr Abdul Khaliq, and Vice Chancellor IST, Brig Imran Rehman, attended a ceremony held at PTA Headquarters on Thursday.

On the occasion, Chairman PTA Dr Mohammed Yaseen said that currently Pakistan had state-of-the-art telecom networks and “we are working on enhanced international communication links. We are planning to improve terrestrial links with Afghanistan, Central Asia and China which will help economy and flow of information in the country”. The PTA will provide data on telecom sector and expertise to Case and the IST and the universities will encourage their students to undertake research in different areas of the telecom sector.

He said that under the MoUs, the PTA would help Case and the IST in identification of research areas. Similarly, Case and the IST will cooperate with the PTA on different issues of trade, business and economy related to telecom sector. President Case, Dr Abdul Khaliq, and Vice Chancellor IST, Brig Imran Rehman, also spoke on the occasion and emphasised on the need for telecom research in the universities.

They appreciated the fast growth in telecom sector and steps taken by the PTA in this regard.

Main objectives of these collaborations are to support research integrated activities and to equip future leadership with theoretical and practical training in policy and regulatory issues of telecom sector. It is expected that the related organisations will get benefit from this collaboration as young experts will be conducting research in the relevant fields of telecom with guidance of the faculty and the PTA which could be converted into entrepreneurship. Industry is working on venture capital for entrepreneurship activities.

It may be mentioned that the PTA being an academia friendly organisation has already signed MoUs with Comsats, Nust and UET Texila. The PTA has been working continuously for encouragement of research activities in telecom sector and has taken number of initiatives to establish strong linkages with educational institutions for the promotion of the telecom research. The PTA has taken significant steps that have received positive response from the all stakeholders.
Source: The News
Date:8/5/2011