Learning e-way amid lockdown | Kashmir students face tough time due to lack of 4G internet

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While the Universities, School Education Department and Higher Education Department are developing e-content and tutorials for the students, the non-availability of high speed 4G internet is playing a spoilsport.

The various academic websites and the Youtube tutorial channels due to poor internet speed are difficult for students to access

The delay in restoration of 4G internet is also taking a toll on the research scholars in pursuing their doctorates in different universities of Kashmir.

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has instructed the Universities and higher educational institutions to prepare online content and online teachings during the closure period. The instructions have been issued to avoid academic lose of the students pursuing higher educational courses amid the looming threat of Coronavirus spread.

In wake of this order, all the universities have uploaded the e-tutorials and video lectures on the university website for the convenience of students.

But the non-availability of the high speed internet is playing a spoilsport for the students as the efforts put in by the universities are not bearing any fruits for the students.

Registrar KU Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir said they are already in the process of preparing e-content and tutorials for students which will be uploaded on university website.

“We also have a dedicated channel for students, which is available on Dish TV where students get televised classes,” he said.

The authorities in Central University of Kashmir (CUK) have also uploaded the content for students on the varsity website. However, due to low speed internet it is inaccessible for students.

“We have kept everything available on website, but it is not serving any purpose at the receiving end because of 2G internet. Students are not able to access the website and download the content,” VC CUK, Prof. Mehraj-u- Din said.

He said the students need 4G internet speed to download the e-content and video lectures available on the university website.

An official in IT department of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) also lamented that the students were not getting any kind of online education during the closure period given the non-availability 4G internet.

“Even though we have kept everything available on website, but it is not serving any purpose for students because they are not able to download it. Our efforts go waste because it is not helping students,” the official said.

The students also complained that the UGC instructions to prepare e-content and tutorials was not helping them in absence of high speed internet.

“The university website is completely out of bounds for us. We are not able to surf it, forget downloading the content.  Unless the Government won’t restore high speed mobile internet, preparing e-content is a futile exercise,” said Sabba, a CUK student.

The high speed mobile internet service continues to remain suspended in Valley since August 5 last year after the abrogation of special status of J&K.