Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and National University of Science and Technology (NUST) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance mutual cooperation for research in the relevant field and to promote mutually beneficial relations between the two organisations. Chairman PTA Dr. Mohammad Yaseen and Rector NUST Lt. Gen. Muhammad Asghar signed the MoU in a ceremony held at NUST Headquarters Islamabad today. This MoU would be valid for (five) 5 years and would be renewed after completion of the five year period.
It is anticipated that this collaboration would allow the academia to share its research in the field of telecom, for its appropriate utilization by the regulator and other organizations. Main objectives of this collaboration are to support research activities and to equip the future leadership with theoretical training as well as practical experience in policy and regulatory issues of telecom sector.
On this occasion, Chairman PTA Dr.Mohammed Yaseen said that PTA would provide telecom information and expertise to NUST, reciprocally NUST would encourage its students to undertake research in different areas of telecom sector. He said that under the MoU, PTA would help NUST in identification of research areas. Similarly NUST would cooperate with PTA on different issues related to trade, business and economy.
It may be pertinent to mention here that PTA has always been working towards encouraging research activities in telecom sector. PTA being an academia friendly organization has taken number of initiatives to establish strong linkages between the educational institutions and PTA for the promotion of telecom research. The research on forthcoming regulatory issues and challenges and transfer of new technologies in local sector is likely to assist the regulator and the policy makers. To this end PTA has taken significant steps that have received an exhilarating response from all the stakeholders. These initiatives include SMS-based Information System for educational institutions, PTA Gold Medal Scheme, Essay Competition on Telecom Day and cash prizes for best research project competition. PTA has awarded the gold medals to the winning students for academic year 2008 and 2009.