PU to go wireless in 3 months, Rs 3.5 cr wi-fi system to be installed

The long pending demand of Panjab University (PU) students to make the entire university a wi-fi campus will be fulfilled within three months.

The PU's computer center is working on the project in a phased manner with around Rs 3.5 crore. After the completion of the project, students will be able to access internet from anywhere on campus.

Tenders for the project was invited in September 2012. In the first phase of the project, all the academic places and hostels will be provided this wireless internet facility.

The second phase will cover departments, including University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Dental college and University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS), Sector 25.

"Work with regard to providing accesses, installing switches and relaying cables is going on. So far, we have covered the science departments, except the chemical and pharmacy departments," said Ajay Guleria, system administrator of the computer centre.

At present, 4,290 students use the wireless internet facility that is provided by the university. With the new system in place, the number of users would increase as access to internet would be available inside and outside the departments, Guleria added.

Moreover, there will be a committee of six members - three each from IT section and hostels - will be available round the clock to handle the complaints being registered by the students. At any given point of time, two members will be posted on duty to tackle the queries.

"Once the project is complete, students will not encounter the issue of weak signals. The network will be more reliable and consistent. We do get complaints from students regarding poor network, despite paying Rs 100. It is pertinent to clarify that the computer centre does not charge for the internet facility that it provides. It is the hostel authorities who charge the students for using electricity. If students update their windows on time and install anti virus in their systems, then most of their problems will be solved," Guleria added.

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