AUIS IT Students Provide PC Service

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 10:30

An article from the latest issue of the AUIS Voice, written by Rawand Rasool.

The very best solution IT technicians and professionals recommend you to do is formatting your personal computer (PC) when it is running slow. If you take your PC to a local store, chances are that they will install an operating system (OS) – like Windows – that is illegal and maybe cracked. This leads to security issues that, without you being aware, might make your computer a victim of Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDOS) as a computer zombie. Without your knowledge, your computer will be used by hackers somewhere in the world to participate as a tool to break into servers, let alone the fact that your personal files and photos may be stolen. All this may happen due to not installing the right OS and software the right way, legally.

If you want to buy Microsoft Office tools and Windows OS, it may cost you over $400. But if you are an AUIS student with a valid AUIS email address (john.smith@auis.edu.krd), you can get them for free. The Information Technology Administration Department worked with rigor to provide major software for AUIS community, an advantage that most of us may not know about. A few AUIS IT students arranged an event at the cafeteria last week to help students, faculty, and staff register and download licensed Windows OS and Microsoft software. In addition, the latter can provide free services such as formatting computers and installing essential software.

The intention behind this service is to establish a culture of activities where IT students give back to the community with what they learn in the classrooms. This offer is for all majors, including APP students.

The event ran for two days in a row. Students who could not attend on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays can get the services on Mondays and Wednesdays. Further details were provided in the AUIS Newsletter and posters on campus as of which two days the event will be scheduled

This event was performed by five IT Senior Students: Ahmad Jalal, Atta Sallar, Rawand Ali, Shanaz Aras, and Zheer Qadir. Mr. Berzy, the IT Lab Assistant, and Mr. Shad Rashid, Senior IT Technician provided further assistant and supervising the event. Furthermore, they provided logistics for the event aiming to make it productive.

The IT Department arranges several events per semester like the IT Day, Capstone Exhibition, and Roundtable Discussions. These events will not only help AUIS community see the creativity of the department, but also show the capability of how IT classes motivate students to use their acquired skills anywhere.

From here, I want to encourage all IT students from different stages to think about different events and activities related to IT. The IT Department is willing to help and support activities that are student-led, such as this event. Eventually, these events will add invaluable experience and skills to your future professional careers and can serve as a work experience on your resume. As for future events, I am planning to provide a similar service where I provide all the tools that are used in all computer-based classes. This event will take place at the beginning of every semester. The reason behind launching this event is to help students who are struggling with downloading and installing programs.