FIVE higher learning institutions in Tanzania have for first time adopted the academic registration information system (ARIS), which has been developed by the University of Dar es Salaam Computing Center (UCC).
Development and institutionalization of ARIS was almost a paradigm shift as far as academics records management in Tanzania is concerned. A press statement issued by the UCC in Dar es Salaam said for the first time in the history of UDSM and the country at large, ARIS enabled automation of the admission process through the software.
According to the statement, the software went on by enabling automation of the room allocation to students in halls of residence. It also facilitated examination results processing from continuous assessment to University Examination processing to transcript issuance.
This has significantly not only reduced operational costs in terms of stationeries and time but also has improved efficiency and increased transparency. ARIS is as of now being used by Ardhi University, Institute of Social Welfare, University of Dodoma, Mzumbe University and UDSM.
The statement noted another key development achievement as development of PMO-RALG Planning and Report (PlanRep) system. PlanRep System is a software developed by UCC for handling the planning and reporting activities under the Prime Minister's Office - regional administration and local government (PMO-RALG).
The system is currently being used by all district councils in Tanzania and it provides inputs to the strategic budget allocation system (SBAS) also developed by UDSM through UCC for preparation of the national budget under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.
"This software has a huge impact at the national level whereby it has improved efficiency, consistency, uniformity and transparency in the planning of activities and report on the implementation of the planned activities countrywide", the statement said.
The last achievement is development of Central Admission System (CAS) under Tanzania Commission for University (TCU). It is a system which was developed by UDSM through UCC for TCU for admission of applicants into public and private higher learning institutions.
The impact of CAS is quite enormous at national as well as individual levels especially on reducing costs and improving efficiency. The system has also eliminated the possibilities of forgeries on O-Level and A-Level examination results. Historically, UCC started providing ICT services to the University as an autonomous entity in 1980.