Pema Khandu, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, launched the first free WiFi hotspot of the State. The hotspot was launched at the Dera Natung Government College in Itanagar.
Khandu said the Government has plans to make the towns of Itanagar and Naharlagun a free WiFi zone. It is a step towards the digitization vision of PM Narendra Modi.
He said, ‘This pilot project has been launched in a centre of learning to bring the internet closer to students and faculty. This will make them at par with other premier technical institutes across the country in the field of education and research.’
Digital India Programme
In the future, the State Government plans to connect villages with internet. This will help the villages in associating with the Government’s policies and programs as part of Digital India Campaign.
The WiFi hotspot was built at a cost of Rs 10 lakh. It was conceptualized by the State Department of Information Technology and Communication.
Khandu said, ‘It will open up new opportunities for the college to offer its students and faculty better education and research options over the internet, free of cost.’
Each of the 15 access points of the secured network will provide internet facility in around 50-70 m radius of the college. Access to unwanted phishing, spamming and malware sites will be denied.