Friday, April 18, 2014

An innovative idea: Digital Admission Process

An innovative idea
Muttakin Rashid Alvi

  We all know that innovative ideas can bring big changes. They’re doing the same for our beautiful country. One of them is the digital admission process.
     Digital admission process was first implemented by Shahjalal University of Science & Technology in 2009. It has been successfully running since the introduction. It has been adapted by other universities including National University of Bangladesh. It’s considered as a milestone of digital innovation in the country. It allows a student to apply for a university through only two text messages. Even a single form isn’t required.
       A lecturer at SUST said, “The only purpose to develop this app was save time and money. Secondly, the entire database is maintained online.”  SUST’S SMS based admission registration process is an epoch making event. It attracted everyone’s eyes for creating a digital Bangladesh. It has not only made the registration easier for the students but also made the university’s admission speedy. Like all other universities, to check if the fact is correct, a student has to submit his SSC and HSC certificate. But SUST can know all the information by using board exam’s database. For this reason, SMS based admission process succeeded to face reality.
   Mohammad Zafar Iqbal, Head of CSE department at SUST played a vital role for this hypothesis and by making it dormant he and the students of his department established an example of the future Bangladesh.
  It’s not easy to collect the information of a student’s SSC and HSC exam from board’s database. When a student’s registering for HSC, he’s need not to provide the truth of his SSC exam. There’s no connectivity between the databases of the results of a student’s SSC & HSC exam. So, it’s impossible to know the results of a student without seeing his certificate. For this reason, it’s hard to know his results. Again, when there are spelling mistakes in the names, the situation gets worse. The programmers of the CSE department used pattern matching, hashing and combining for solving this problem. Then it became possible to combine SSC 2006, 2007 and HSC 2008, 2009’s total ten databases. These databases were erected in TeleTalk.
   For registration to a university a student has to send his HSC information from a TeleTalk prepaid mobile phone. His information will be verified with the results collected from Education Boards and if he’s eligible he will be guided through to complete the registration process by providing the information of his choice of the center and the unit. Finally, the registration fee will be deducted from his mobile phone and he will be notified by a SMS about the completion of the admission registration in that particular university. Once he’s done with the registration of a university, if he wants he can request for registration for the other universities and follow the same procedure.
  Under the care of Dr. Mohammad Zafar Iqbal, eight teachers and five students of CSE department, SUST worked hard for making this hypothesis successful.

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