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KOLKATA: Jadavpur University has urged its former students living abroad to pitch in so that the varsity can pool in and provide smartphones to poor students for online classes.
For some, who have smartphones, internet data will be recharged.
JU has opened an FCRA account with a nationalised bank for this. “Going by the Centre’s recommendations, we have opened this account to receive contribution from former students living abroad. We urge them to help the university bridge the digital divide,” said a JU official.
After educational institutes shifted classes to the online platform last year, many students at JU faced problems as they either did not have smartphones or their net connections were weak. To ensure all could attend online classes, the university raised funds and gave smartphones to 250 students. It has also been recharging the internet data for more than 900 students since August.
Last month, VC Suranjan Das urged all university stakeholders to contribute so that more students could get smartphones. “Many who contributed last year have not been able to do so again due to the worsening economic situation. But amounts are trickling in. Several former students living abroad wanted to help,” said the official.