Students of MUET get PTA award
HYDERABAD: The project of “GPS-based railway system” developed by students of the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology has received five gold medals and Rs50,0000 cash award from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The project was developed by six students of electronic engineering department namely Naveed Khowaja, Nasrullah Ghuman, Fahad Rajput, Asad Jafri and Javed Kaimkhani under the supervision of Mehboob Khowaja and Attiya Baqai.
Gold medals were awarded on the basis of a competition among 18 accredited national universities invited by the PTA for the best research projects on IT and telecom. The award ceremony was held in Islamabad on March 11.
The project is based on the calculations of distance and time using two latitudes and longitudes. Under the project, whenever the built-in system in the train receives an SMS from any user standing at any train station, it calculates the distance from that station to the current location of the train and time required to reach the station from where message is sent, and replies through an SMS to the sender.
The system displays the names of the stations and distance to the coming stations at LCD screens for passengers in the train.
Railway controllers can have information about train services by maintaining a database. The updates are provided to passengers via SMS on their mobile phones on demand.
The Sindh Bureau of Curriculum Employees Association has expressed concern over a decision of the government to hand over the control of the elementary colleges of the province to the PITE of Nawabshah and to abolish the bureau.
President of the association Mohammad Ikram Solangi said in a statement that since 1972, the bureau was preparing syllabi, imparting training and conducting examinations of PTC, CT, CT Agro-Tech etc.
He appealed to the Sindh chief minister and education minister not to merge the bureau in the PITE.
He warned that if the bureau was abolished and its employees were sacked, they would launch a protest movement.