Karnataka: PG student treks 1km, climbs tree on hill to attend online classes | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Unlike his friends from urban pockets, Shriram Hegde, a second-year post-graduate student, treks up a hill to access glitch-free internet signals in Bakkal village of the largely forested Uttara Kannada district’s Sirsi taluk, about 400km west of Bengaluru, to attend online classes.
The MSW (master of social work) student of SDM College in Ujire in Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district was missing out on virtual classes because of poor net connectivity. An exasperated Hegde climbed a hill hoping his cellphone would sputter to life. And it did. Next, he climbed a tree to access better signals. That, too, worked.

Shriram Hegde
Every morning, Hegde walks about 1km from his house and settles down on a well-marked branch of the tree for his online classes and access live lecture sessions for three hours.
Forget data, cellular signal, too, is a luxury in this remote village since Hegde walks about 500 metres from his house before his phone springs to life. “Only BSNL network is available here. I discovered the signals were good after I walked for 1km and climbed a tree on a hill,” Hegde added.
His college conducts three classes a day – two in the morning from 10am to noon, and a 3pm class. Afternoon treks are tough due to the scorching heat, but this doesn’t stop me from learning,” said Hegde, who is busy planning a different strategy to attend the classes during monsoon.
SDM College authorities praised Hegde’s initiatives. “He is doing his best to attend the online classes despite network issues,” said lecturers Suveer Jain and Chitra BC.


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