A total of 38 central universities of the nation will have free Wi-Fi facility enabled from July onwards. In a press conference this announcement was made by, Union Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday.
The reason for providing this facility is to enable free Wi-Fi campus network in the Central Universities so that they can be connected to the National Knowledge Network (NKN).
Benefits of the free Wi-Fi network
- This will help in enhancing the teaching capabilities of Universities and learning ability of the students.
- Also, Wi-Fi enabled campus network will help in providing the e-content to all students across the nation.
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- In 2012, University of Mysore became the first Wi-Fi enabled university of the state.
- The facility will enable the individuals to access the free Wi-Fi in classrooms, campus and hostel rooms 24x7.
According to the reports, seven universities are already providing the free Wi-Fi facility, while the rest 31 central universities will have the facility up and running latest by August 31.
Views of the ministry
"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.
Universities which have been given the deadline to start the Wi-Fi facility by August 31 are:
- Delhi University
- Banaras Hindu University
- Aligarh Muslim University
- Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi
- Central University, Himachal Pradesh
- Central University South Bihar
- Central University Jammu