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Published on February 22nd, 2009 | by Babar Bhatti

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Rising Popularity Of Google Apps For Education In Pakistan






With increasing availability of broadband connectivity in educational institutions, cloud computing is making inroads. Google applications for the education sector enables new ways for students, staff and faculty to collaborate and be productive. In case of Pakistan the recently introduced offline components of google applications are important in particular. The Google Apps suite is not as comprehensive as its desktop competitors but offers many other clear benefits (as shown in the clip below) and comes out ahead in terms of economy and the conveniences of software-as-a-service. This article in CIO magazine mentions some of the academic instituions using Google Apps:

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Alumni also runs Apps for their users and integration onto their site. Other institutions include Virtual University, FAST-NU, University of Central Punjab, Karachi University, Aitchison College, CASE, Kinnaird, University of Gujrat and IBA Sukkar.

As I see it, students and young professionals will adopt lighter, connected netbooks with most applications residing in the cloud.

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7 Responses to Rising Popularity Of Google Apps For Education In Pakistan

  1. Syed says:

    Hi,
    Contact Pi2 Square Technologies, if you would like to migrate to Google Apps.

  2. Shoaib Ghauri says:

    Using Google Apps applications for my 6 domains, its really very good experience, getting High class technology by paying nothing!! What else ?

    I am happy Google face :)

  3. Kashif says:

    Just to add a google-based award winning education project at Radiological society of North America (2008). The project is based on google desktop and another free open source software. It is now being used and was developed at Aga KHan university hospital Karachi with partnership from colleagues working in University of Maryland (Baltimore, USA).

    The basic idea is to use free available tools for medical education and research.
    More details available at http://www.kashifmirza.com.

    • M. Rahman says:

      I couldn’t find information about the project mentioned at the referenced web site. Could you please be more specific. Thanks.

  4. Babar Bhatti says:

    Thanks for the insightful comment Tariq. The combination of mail, calendar and documents/spreadsheets is powerful. I hope that more capability is added to google apps to rate, comment and discuss the shared files and documents.

  5. Tariq Mustafa says:

    My estimate is that the general small business (in Pakistan) will pick up faster (than the education sector) on the free Google applications to counter the ‘business disruption factors’ (such as inconsistent power, unpredictable behavior of pirated software, antivirus threats etc) prevalent locally. Also, the general user specially the SOHO one has a sharp sense of evaluating such products and needs little or no advocacy to switch to a more productive and cost effective option.

    Zahid, my favorite protagonist of an IT guy working for a typical SOHO in Pakistan, is always the first one to find the cheapest way to make voice calls, knows the latest combo IM tool, has accounts on all social networks and the same guy is my bet to take up online Google docs. He will not throw away the pirated MS Office he has but the sharing and online storage works benefits of the cloud needs no introduction to Zahid.

    The bottom most layer of the IT population, in Pakistan, is ready for online documents and cloud based services.

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