For Nazim Hamza, who is pursuing his Bachelors from one of the colleges in Uttarkhand says internet is everything as he had missed his online exams last month due to low internet speed.
Hamza, who is hailing from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, says he had missed examination of his core paper last month and was declared unqualified as I could avail good internet connection.
Apart from his exams, he also had missed 50-60 of his online classes and spent most of time on books.
“Every morning, 15 minutes earlier our online class, I used go in my room to log in my address but due to crumbling internet speed, it was very hectic and sometimes I was missing my attendance also,” he said.
As on Monday, the Government announced that 4G internet would be resumed on a trail basis in J&K, Nazim has pinned high hopes and he also hopes he could access all the classes regularly.
Like him, there are also thousands of students in Jammu and Kashmir who were pursuing their degrees from both local and outside universities been severely hit by the low-speed internet?
Adil Sultan, a resident of Alamgari Bazar Srinagar, pursuing his MBBS from Bangladesh says although there are many challenges in studying on 2G internets and many times he had missed his online classes.
“Since our college started online sessions, I have missed 30-40 percent of my classes as internet connection becomes abruptly slow,” he said.
As per him, my activities have been limited to my room only and in the age of online education and we are struggling for good internet. If high speed internet will be restored, then our studies can be least affected.
“Restoration of 4G in JK is the positive move by the Government and it should be restored at earliest so that career of students should not on stake,” he said.
Similarly, Kulsuma Jan, who is pursuing her B.sc from Srinagar based college, says restoration of high-speed internet is need of the hour, so that no one will suffer.
‘Instead of online lectures, our teaches deliver lessons and assignments to the students on Whatsapp groups and are asking us to prepare for the same,” she said.
“How normal students can understand notes and prepare for the same if concepts are not cleared. Although there are thousands of online lectures available but to access them is again the problem and time consuming,” Kulsum said.
She said every student has not a broadband connection; there are poor students who cannot afford the same.
On Tuesday, a Special Committee set-up by the Supreme Court for restoration of 4G internet services in J&K has recommended access to high-speed internet on “trial basis in a calibrated manner in specified limited areas to assess the impact on the security situation”.
The Committee has recommended the restoration of high speed internet in one district each in Jammu and Kashmir after August 15.