Come, this Independence Day, you are all set to become truly independent. No internet woes and no worries about data charges. Nearly 900 universities and 40,000 affiliated colleges is going to have free Wi-Fi facilities on campus by 15th August 2018, as per an HRD ministry directive.

The circular form the ministry says, “The creation of digital campus would require a large national effort involving both private and public players. Some telecom service providers have already evinced interest in participating in this effort.”

What does it offer?

According to the letter sent to VCs of universities on January 15,

  • Each user will get 1GB of free data on a monthly basis at a speed of 4Mbps
  • If they exceed the data limit they will have to pay up.
  • Only 2 devices can be connected by each user.
  • Wi-Fi services would be available at designated hotspots in the institution.

“It is expected that the facility is to be provided by telecom service and internet service providers at their own cost. There shall be no financial implications to the institution …” the letter further said.

What’s in store?

The space for installing the equipment such as space for laying fibre, installation of switches and UPS will be provided by the institutions. The rest would be taken care of by the Telecom Service Provider and the broadband would be interconnected to the National Knowledge Network (NKN) in order to access other e-learning resources.

Earlier in 2017, the Reliance Jio had made a presentation to the ministry for this on campus Wi-Fi facility but the decision is pending regarding that matter.

So, with or without Jio, the students are going to get the Independence of a free Wi-Fi this Independence Day.

Source: The Financial Express