Visafone Visits Covenant University
The quest to improve the use of Communication Technology in delivering maximum educational benefits was the focus of the visit by the Management of Visafone to Covenant University on Friday March 8, 2013.
The Head of the delegation and Chief Marketing Officer of the Communication company, Mr. Parag Sen said Visafone came with the intention of providing data access service that would enable the existing University’s intranet ride on its bandwidth.
Mr. Sen said his organization would be glad to provide the University staff with a service to enjoy telephony services that would be on the Closed User Group (CUG) network with a monthly rental fee.
Education wise, Mr. Sen stated that his organization was coming with the aim to make data access service available to faculty, staff and students of the institution through the creation of WIFI Hotspot solution ports around buildings in the University.
According to him, Visafone has tested its e-Learning module in Indonesia and India in partnership with Intel, and it is in the process of coming into the West Africa sub-region. When this happens, it would engender the developing of educational tablets that could be equipped with all study materials the students would need to enhance their study culture.
Mr. Parag Sen, who also serves as the Enterprise Business Head of Visafone, said their visit to Covenant University was to get involved in an initiative that would be of mutual benefit to both Covenant University and Visafone.
Reacting to what would be the cost of a tablet and tariffs on certain Uniform Resources Locators (URLs) currently running on the University server, he stated that the tablets would be affordable and a function of how resourceful it would be, while existing URL’s on the University servers would be accessed free by the students without incurring any additional charge, even though it will be accessed via Visafone network.
Responding to the presentation, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles K. Ayo said that the University prides itself in the unique nature of its communication policy, but would always seek means to better its lot.
According to him, the e-Learning thrust of learning is one that organizations have come to partner with the University, but Visafone was the first communication company to approach the University on the subject matter.
The Vice-Chancellor however was interested in collaboration between Visafone and the University in the area of research and development on issues such as e-education, e-governance, e-agriculture and e-democracy amongst others.
Other members of the Management team of the University in attendance were the Registrar, Dr. Ubong Ntia, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Aderemi A. Atayero, Director, Centre for Systems and Information Services, Engineer Bayo Ajala and Mr. Yinka Adeboye of the same directorate.