For online study free data is useful for students

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Chennai:

With the aim of benefiting government students, the state government launched the free distribution of 2 GB of data to over nine lakh students in higher education institutions in January 2021 and it will be implemented until in April of this year.

A senior official in the higher education department told DT Next that the data cards have been distributed to around 9.7 lakh students studying in the arts, sciences, engineering, polytechnic education, vocational training and other recipients of scholarships in private institutions.

Claiming that the data cards were useful for online courses for students who could not afford to connect to the Internet, the official said that “the Internet data will be valid until April.” “While colleges were closed, the 2 GB data card, which would be automatically renewed every day, was useful for online courses,” he said, adding that “the configuration of the card is more than sufficient to even conduct online exams, which will take place from mid-April. ”

Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Joint Action Council (JAC) coordinator R Dhamothran, a professor who takes online courses for government college students, said that “as the 2 GB data was provided to students , teaching staff can now have students study through online courses.

He said that previously, students who did not want to attend the online courses could not be forced to participate because they might not have internet due to their poor economic situation. “Now the scenario has changed and students have no choice but to attend online classes for their benefit. ”

B Mohana Sundaram, a second-year engineering student at a government college, said the free 2GB data was very useful for him and his classmates because previously it would be awkward for them to depend on their parents or other people to buy Internet data. “The online courses have already started and will never miss a session. ”

Echoing similar views, K Venkat Kumar, who is also studying in second year at a state-run polytechnic on the outskirts of town, said: “Free internet data was very useful even when there was no online course. The data is sufficient to even allow us to dispel our doubts by referring to several books online.


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