Students of 38 central universities to get free WiFi
16 Nov 2015
THE HIGH-SPEED NETWORK WILL HAVE A BANDWIDTH OF 2 GBPS THAT WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO DOWNLOAD DATA FROM VARIOUS SITES
NEW DELHI: Students of about 38 central universities in the country will finally be able to access free WiFi on the university campus in areas including libraries, hostels, canteens and study rooms.
A proposal in this regard will be tabled in the project approval board of the human resource development (HRD) ministry next week. The high-speed network will have a bandwidth of 2 gbps that will allow students to download data from various sites, barring the banned ones through hotspots. The universities will get high-speed connection of 2 gbps and in case there are many colleges within a university, then they would get at least 2 mbps of bandwidth, officials said.
Officials said though the project was announced in the budget, it had now been put on the fast track.
According to sources, most of the universities will be covered by March 2016 and bigger campuses might take a few more months. The project is in sync with the ‘Digital India’ project of the Modi government too.
“Pipelines were laid under the National Knowledge network and we are going to use the same network for providing WiFi in universities. The idea is to cover all those specific points that are frequented by students, including restaurants, within the campus and hostels too,” said a senior HRD official.
The UPA government had launched a scheme to provide WiFi to all educational institutions under the National Mission of Education through ICT, but its implementation was slow and tardy. In 2014, HRD minister Smriti Irani, in a Lok Sabha reply, had said that her government was working on a programme under which WiFi access would be provided to students.
However, officials stated that to ensure students did not use the facility at odd hours, especially in hostels, the control system and the server would be provided to the vice-chancellor concerned so that they could decide its implementation and monitoring.
“All universities and colleges were asked to conduct a survey within their campus to identify the places where hotspots need to be created and submit a report. Most of the universities have already submitted it and the reports are now being studied. Even those universities which don’t have a permanent campus but are going to operate from there for more than three years are also being considered for providing WiFi facility,” said a senior HRD official.