38 Central universities including IGNOU, CU Jammu to get free WiFi facility: Prakash Javadekar

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From July onward, in total 38 universities across India would be Wi-Fi enabled.

This announcement was made by Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), on Tuesday in a press conference.

As speculated, the reason for this move is to provide central universities a Wi-Fi enabled campus network which would be connected to the National Knowledge Network (NKN).

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  • This would further influence the potential of ICT in teaching and learning process
  • Moreover, the Wi-Fi enabled campus area network would help in providing low cost and affordable high quality e-content to all the students across the nation

Earlier, on behalf of MHRD, National Informatics Centre Services Inc (NICSI) had sent a request for proposal (RFP) for supply, commissioning and integration of hardware, software and services for creation of Wi-Fi enabled campus area network in 38 central universities.

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  • Meanwhile, in 2012, University of Mysore became the first Wi-Fi-enabled University in the state
  • Further, the facility enabled individuals access Wi-Fi while sitting in classrooms, campus or at hostel rooms 24×7 free of cost.

As reported by The Hindu, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha, and E.F.L University, Hyderabad, were supposed to provide Wi-Fi facility by April 30.

As per the latest report, seven varsities have already started providing Wi-Fi services, while rest 31 central universities would have Wi-Fi services on its campus latest by August 31.

Here’s what the Ministry said:

“The charges are very nominal as a student would have to pay just Rs 90 per month for availing the Wi-Fi services. The Internet is a basic need nowadays and students need better internet connectivity for research work, reference materials, etc. Providing Wi-Fi connectivity to all 38 Central universities would cost the Human Resource Development Ministry about Rs 10 crore annually,” an official said.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU):

As reported by Millennium Post, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was the first such varsity that started providing Wi-Fi facility to its students, followed by IGNOU, Central universities of Jharkhand and Gujarat.

Furthermore, the universities that have been given the deadline to start the Wi-Fi services by August 31 include Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, Central University, Himachal Pradesh, Central University South Bihar and Central University Jammu.