After the announcement of bookings of the most awaited Jio Phones, Reliance Jio has now proposed another ambitious plan to roll out free Wi-Fi service across colleges of the country. According to a latest Hindustan Times report, the company has sent the proposal to the Ministry of Human Resource Development and talks are underway to realise the feasibility of the plan.
Under this plan, more than 38,000 colleges (technical as well as non-technical) will be provided with free Wi-Fi connectivity via hotspot devices. The statistics reveal that more than 3 crore college students will be benefitted across the country. The universities under pipeline for the proposal are – University of Delhi, Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Central Universities of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Bihar. This is the first proposal of its magnitude which the Ministry has received and in order to provide transparency and fair chance to other telecom giants, the Ministry will hold a tender bidding and the best proposal will be selected.
Meanwhile, teachers and students seem to be welcoming of the idea. Manvi Singh, a student of Daulat Ram College said,” The initiative will be quite helpful to students and allow them to access e-learning resources.” A faculty member from Shri Ram College of Commerce took a dig at the current wifi facilities provided by the University and said,” The Wi-Fi connectivity provided by the college and the internet services provided by the University of Delhi hardly works and if a private telecom giant can enter the competition and provide us with better services, it will be beneficial for us as well as the students.”
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