The largest network offering 4G support in India, the Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd., has surpassed all limits of their raison d’être i.e., the expansion of a digital life. After announcing the distribution of free 4G Jiophone, to be unveiled on 15 August, the Reliance Jio pitches in to provide free WiFi access to more than 3 crore students in 38000 technical and non-technical colleges across the commonwealth country.
The proposal, which had reached the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (HRD) last month, is still under consideration by the officials in an effort to allocate ‘fair chance’ to the opposition telecom operators, since this attempt that has sparked off is a first of its kind.
The Ministry has reciprocated to the presentation made by the Reliance Jio by deciding to send out tenders for the same to ensure a transparent and fair system, as sourced from an insider.
However, the Ministry’s own overture of providing internet access to 38 universities across India would be kick-started before the month of August draws to a close, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar recently announced.
Under the Reliance Jio’s free WiFi plan, universities including Central University (Jammu), Central University (Himachal Pradesh), University of Delhi, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, and Central University (South Bihar), would be benefited.
“Through this free access to Wi-Fi, all students will be able to get internet connection and use educational resources such as online courses available on SWAYAM platform through the National Knowledge Network. The company plans to create hotspots for this,” the person in the know described.
The Reliance Jio would not be charging the Government if such a program is officiated for the students of the country.
Scanning through this major nation-wide proposal of free WiFi in the campuses, I wonder only if the Jio had come into being about 5 years ago, even I could have shared a part of this great honor with the multitude!