Daily Archives: August 7, 2014

Providing Connectivity to Colleges and Universities Through Campus Connect and NMEICT

The Ministry of Human Resource Development is planning a new programme called Campus Connect. Under these programme 21,000 colleges, 20 classrooms will be made Wi-Fi enabled. Totally, 4.2 lakh classrooms will be made Wi-Fi enabled and this will help around 1.5 crore students. Students will be given access only to those websites which are academically relevant.

All the buildings of 600 universities that have 1 Gbps bandwidth will be made by Wi-Fi enabled. This includes Government of India funded institutions, state government universities and also private universities. This will help around 20 lakh students. The whole campus of all the 140 centrally funded Institutions of Ministry of HRD will be made Wi-Fi enabled.

The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) aims to leverage the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning process. The Mission also aims to provide 20 Broadband connections of 512 Kbps speed to over 25,000 colleges and 2000 polytechnics and optical fiber connectivity one Gbps to 419 universities/ university level institutions in the country which includes internet facility.

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National Initiative for Innovation Centres in the Country

A new scheme on “National Initiative to establish 20 Design Innovation Centres, one Open Design School and National Design Innovation Network” has been launched during 2013-14.

There is proposal under consideration of the Government to formulate National Innovation Policy in education sector at present. Research and innovation have also been the focal points during XII Plan.

Further, Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), which seeks to support and reform the state higher education system, is providing funding for Research, Innovation and Quality Improvement. The states have to prepare a Research and Innovation Plan which would include facilities that

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