Students yet to get access to Wi-Fi in PU-affiliated colleges

  • Ifrah Mufti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2016 12:55 IST

The joint prospectuses of the city colleges claim to provide Wi-Fi or internet facility to students on the campus, but the students complain that the claim is a farce.

Majority of the students say that Wi-Fi on the campus is accessible only to the faculty. They say that the internet facility is confined to a few computers and can be utilised for a short duration.

Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 11 offers internet facility only in the library area with the departments and hostel area out of its ambit.

“I am here since three years and have always used my mobile internet. And in situations when I needed to download notes, I had to visit a cyber café because our college allows net facility on computers only for half-anhour and there is no Wi-Fi,” said Arzoo Mehta, a student at PGGC 11.

A professors of the college said, “Wi-Fi facility is there on the campus but only the faculty has its password.”

Similar is the situation at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, Post Graduate Government College for Girls Sector 42, Post Graduate Government College Sector 46 and DAV College Sector 10.

One of the officials at PGGC 46 on condition of anonymity said, “From next year onwards, we will provide Wi-Fi facility to the students as well.”

BK Vermani, dean admissions at DAV College Sector 10 said, “Wi-Fi facility is available in hostels. It is available on the campus as well but students do not have its password.”

Spokesperson of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26 said that the entire college campus will be wi-fi enabled from the beginning of this session.

Former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal sanctioned `50 lakh for provision of Wi-Fi in 14 city colleges from the MPLAD fund, in 2013. The funds were to be used for providing this facility for college students at an expenditure of around `3 lakh for each college.

Presently, the Wi-Fi facility is available only at Panjab University (PU) and Punjab Engineering College (PEC).

As the new session is all set to begin from July 18, it seems that the colleges are not prepared to welcome the new batches.

On a visit to the government college in Sector 46, red blobs and sprays of spit were adorning the walls and the washrooms were stinking; window panes were not fixed in the new building and the green area was full of unwanted weed and trees awaiting pruning.

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