Oct 05 - 11, 2009

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz led Punjab government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ncomputing under which the latter will install three of the company's X550 virtual desktop kits in computer laboratories being established in 4,286 secondary and higher secondary schools of the province.

Each NComputing kit converts a standard desktop PC into five separate virtual desktops, thereby reducing the cost of establishing computer labs by 50 percent. In addition, the running electricity cost of these labs will be curtailed by 90 percent as the virtual desktops only require monitor, keyboard, and mouse and no separate CPU is needed, sources in the PML-N told PAGE.

According to Stephen Dukker, Chairman and CEO of NComputing, his organisation is proud to have been chosen by the Government of Punjab to enhance computer literacy in the state and to equip the future workforce of the country with the knowledge tools to compete on a global platform.

"With the NComputing technology and the signing of this MoU a new era in computer literacy and command has started in Punjab which will enable the provincial planners to impart meaningful computer training at low cost", said Khawja Samiullah Askari, CEO NConnexion, N Computing's distributor and authorized service centre for Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"NComputing has become a part of the lives of millions of people across tens of thousands of institutions and organisations in more than 140 countries. We continuously endeavour to enable schools, businesses, and governments to expand and improve their computing capabilities at extremely affordable and sustainable costs," said Manish Sharma, VP APAC for NComputing.

He said the NComputing concept was new and had revolutionised learning processes in both developed and developing countries. Today's computers are so powerful that the vast majority of applications use only a small fraction of the computer's capacity. NComputing enables a single computer to be virtualised so that many users can tap the unused capacity and share it as if each person has their own computer. Unlike other desktop virtualization solutions, the patented and highly efficient NComputing desktops deliver rich multimedia and full-screen video.

According to IT Labs project's Additional Programme Director Joudat Ayaz, "it is a sustainable and environment-friendly project with very low recurring costs".

In the overall context of the project, we are saving over Rs1.8 billions, which is almost 36 percent of the total project cost. The government of Punjab would save another over Rs 10 million per month in electricity charges as the NComputing devices use only 1 watt of electricity as compared to 110 watts or more for a typical PC. We have reduced the number of PCs being purchased and the cost of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) has also been drastically reduced.

According to them, the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif is determined to make the province the hub of education and information technology. Chief Minister is taking keen interest in timely commencement of this project.

It may be mentioned that NComputing, Inc is the fastest growing desktop virtualisation company in the world with millions of users in 140 countries. The company's award-winning, patented technology lowers desktop computing costs, improves manageability, and reduces both energy consumption and e-waste. It is the perfect solution for leveraging the power and potential of PCs and cloud computing.

Education Department, government of Punjab has also signed MoU with Microsoft Pakistan under the "Partners in Learning" global program of the company. This collaboration aims to provide schools, governments, and partners with resources, training, expertise, and technology blueprints that will help create institutions to better prepare students.

Sources claimed that the PML-N led Punjab government was taking right steps in right directions in the field of education and Information Technology to secure the future of coming generations.

According to them, Pakistan is lucky in the sense that at a time when the developed nations are loaded with higher percentage of aged population, Pakistan has over 60 per cent of its population under the age of 25. This human resource, if properly harnessed, will be sought by developed nations as well. With skilled workforce, Pakistan would be able to increase productivity efficiently.