Karnataka: Nadpalu gram panchayat in Udupi provides free Wi-Fi to students | Mysuru News – Times of India

UDUPI: The Nadpalu gram panchayat in Udupi district is providing free Wi-Fi access to students attending online classes. Internet connectivity has always been a problem for students as their villages are surrounded by forests bordering Agumbe.
Panchayat development officer Purandara S told TOI that as the issue was hampering online learning, Wi-Fi access at the panchayat building was opened up.
“Since classes are expected to continue in the online mode for the next few months, panchayat president Dinesh Hegde suggested that we find a solution. The panchayat building is connected to Wi-Fi, and we decided to give free access to students. Seating with adequate social distancing has been arranged,” he said.
The panchayat, spread over a vast area, has a population of nearly 2,500, with about 750 houses. There is one telecom tower in the Agumbe range and two more are located at a short distance from the panchayat office.
“Students in more than 10 places in the panchayat limits have no access to the internet. Hegde is looking if a similar facility can be set up in other places. Though many children have expressed interest to visit the panchayat building, the turnout has been low because of the lockdown. Some students have to travel a distance of 17km to reach the office,” Purandara said.
District deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha visited the office on Tuesday and interacted with a student. He said that this model could be followed in panchayats with no internet or poor access to enable children to log in for web classes.

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