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Regents OK distance education equipment

North Central Texas College regents voted to approve Phase II of a distance education equipment upgrade at their regular meeting.

At the May board meeting, regents approved the purchase of the first of two phases for upgrading distance education equipment.

That action resulted in installing new computers for instructional purposes and replacing outdated Tamdberg systems located at three campuses.

Recently, the regents approved the purchase of Phase II equipment that will greatly improve the quality of distance education instruction with clearer images and easy-to-use technology.

The total price of the new equipment, along with installation, training and support, is $165,216.

Regents also voted to pay for the new equipment with money saved from a new lease-purchase agreement of the Flower Mound campus at Parker Square.

The college stands to save $240,000 from the lease, so funds were available in the 2012-13 budget to pay for the upgrade to distance education equipment.


International students return to visit campus

Ali Daredia and Baqir Bhimani came from India more than 40 years ago to attend what was then Cooke County Junior College in Gainesville.

Back in 1971, both Daredia and Bhimani were living in extreme poverty near the India-Pakistan border with their wives and children. They had full-time office jobs at banks and commercial companies, but those jobs only paid $40 to $50 a month.

They learned that a friend of one of their relatives was studying at a little school in Gainesville called Cooke County Junior College. That friend arranged for an admission form to be sent overseas to the pair.

The late Peter Hyde, an NCTC instructor who worked with international students, sent Daredia and Bhimani an I-20 form to see if they could get into the school.

They attended classes at NCTC for a while, but after various difficulties they parted ways and lost touch.

The pair reconnected and decided to return to NCTC to visit the place where it all began.

Daredia and Bhimani returned in January.