The UGC has sent out a letter to all universities stating that they will map the varsities under its digital India initiative. They will look for internet connectivity options at the universities. The letter dated December 29, by UGC secretary Jaspal Sandhu has asked universities to submit details within 15 days. The prime minister's office has directed that mapping of the universities should be done to identify their current status on the issues of connectivity by optical fibre, local area network and availability of Wi-Fi facility. The details asked for include area of campus, number of buildings, students versus faculty strength, bandwidth and the availability of LAN and Wi-fi facility.
Milind Joshi, system programmer and coordinator, internet section of the Shivaji University stated to the media"We have just finished campus networking which was prolonged by at least a year. Thankfully, the project was completed before National Assessment and Accreditation Council's (NAAC) visit in September last year."
Shivaji University is connected under the National Knowledge Network (NKN) project with a bandwidth of one gigabyte per second (GBPS) speed and has a 30 MBPS lease line from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). He added "The university had received Rs 40 lakh from the HRD ministry grant under the National Mission on Education through Information and Technology (NMEIT) in 2012. The university was given clearance to start the work in August 2012. Only the IITs, IIMs and other 48 universities including SUK got the opportunity to upgrade their network".