Tribhuvan University, the oldest university of the country, will soon become WiFi enabled, allowing students to access the internet anywhere on its premises in Kirtipur.
The university premises in Kirtipur is spread over 3,758 ropanies (188.23 hectares) and students will have access to the internet on the university premises round the clock.
Prof Ridish K Pokharel, chief, Planning Division, TU, today said if all goes as planned, students will have free access to the internet within a month.
“We are going to install WiFi routers in various places within the TU premises very soon,” he said. The estimated cost of providing free internet accessibility on the TU premises in Kirtipur is Rs 1.6 million.
Prof Pokharel said the TU is also mulling to discourage use of paper in office correspondence by encouraging e-administration and promoting e-governance.
“As a long term strategy, we will create e-mail ID for students, employees and institutions under TU and connect departments/ campuses through networking,” he said, adding, “Though it sounds ambitious, we will start works on the project very soon.”
He stated that the varsity would charge students a nominal free for internet accessibility and e-library during admission.
He stated that the TU is a world class university with a mission to contribute to society by producing capable human resources and conducting high-quality research on issues of national and international significance.
“The only goal of TU is to establish itself as a center of excellence in education and research in the South Asia region,” he stressed.
A total of 436,781 students (56 per cent male and 44 per cent female) enrolled in the university in the academic year 2014/15. Of them, 15 per cent enrolled in technical education.
Similarly, the university employs a total of 15,195 staff. Of them, 7,966 are teaching staff (82 per cent male and 18 per cent female) and 7,230 are non-teaching staff (68 per cent male and 32 per cent female).
There are four research centres, five institutes, four faculties, 60 constituent campuses and 1,084 affiliated campuses under the Tribhuvan University.