ALIGARH October 28:
The Malappuram Centre of the Aligarh Muslim University has become the first institution in the country to become a full WiFi campus under the Prime Minister’s ambitious Digital India 2020 Mission. The service was inaugurated by Mr. Iqbal Valiyaveetil, Director of Kerala State Co-operative Housing Federation Ltd, at Sir Syed’s birth anniversary celebration programme.
The installation and launching of WiFi system was completed by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), in collaboration with US based company QuadGen, which has put the system in place equipped with modern technology to make it fastest and at par with international standards of connectivity.
Addressing the inaugural function, Mr. A. S. Sukumaran, General Manager of BSNL, Kerala, said the programme had been envisaged and coordinated by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology and the Prime Minister is Chairman of Monitoring Committee on Digital India Programme.
Dr. H. Abdul Azeez, Director, AMU Malappuram Centre, confirmed that the WiFi service will be provided to both students and teachers free of cost. He said that the WiFi installation charges estimated earlier ran for more than Rs. 20 lakh. However, the present launching of this internet connectivity came free of cost under the Prime Minister’s Digital India Programme.
Dr. Azeez said that the facility will now make it possible for Centre’s departments of study to access various online knowledge portals including Inflibnet, Manupatra for Law students and SIRI through a faster bandwidth.
Dr. PA Ibharim Haji, Chairman, PA Group and former member of AMU Court graced the programme as Chief Guest. Prof. A.K. Ramakrishnan, Director, Centre for West Asian Studies, JNU, Prof. K. K. Abid Husain Thangal, Syndicate Member, Calicut University, Dr. Muhammed Swadique, Medical Director, Al-Salama Eye Hospital, Dr. Hashmat Ali and Dr. Mohammad Waseem Khan, Department of Law, AMU were present on the occasion. Dr. Mohd Waseem Ali proposed a vote of thanks.