COLLEGES IN the city, in a bid to catch up with the age of information technology, are now providing free WiFi to students.
St Xavier’s College, Dhobi Talao, started the service at least three months ago and students are seen reaping its benefits. KPB Hinduja College in Charni Road, too, has set up WiFi facility in certain parts of the college recently. While several colleges have started the services recently, Mithibai College, Vile Parle, has had WiFi facility available to students for the last three years.
The free service not only helps students in their studies and projects but also gives Internet access to students who don’t have it otherwise.
“Students, especially from the Commerce stream who do not have Internet at home, come to college on weekends and holidays to finish their college work,” said Joseph Aloysius, a teacher at St Xavier’s.
Students at St Xavier’s have been provided registration details. “Once we register we can go online,” said Bhuvan Mazumdar, a second-year student.
“The WiFi facility is very convenient for us as we can complete a lot of our research and data collection for our assignments. We can even finish off our assignments in the college itself,” he said.
“It’s a relief to be able to work on assignments in the college. From projects to reading up on topics before class, we are always up to speed,” said Sohail Panjwani, a third-year student of Mithibai College.
Principals said that the service was necessary for students. “WiFi has become an essential tool in education,” said Rajpal Hande, principal of Mithibai College.
However, colleges have also ensured that students don’t misuse the service during class hours.
At St Xavier’s, students have round-the-clock WiFi access only on the ground floor. “The access is restricted to the ground floor so that students are not distracted in the classrooms upstairs,” he said.
KPB Hinduja too has restricted the WiFi service to certain parts of the college. “Students have access to WiFi in the canteen, library, corridors and gymnasium, apart from the computer laboratory,” said Minu Madlani, principal of KPB Hinduja. Apart from that, certain sites are banned on the campus.
“We make sure that students use the facility for academic purposes only. Apart from assignments students use WiFi to do research on debates and inter-collegiate festivals and projects,” she said.