Mumbai, July 25: After bombarding the telecom industry with free mobile data packages, Reliance Jio now wants to provide free internet to 3 crore college students. The Ministry is currently looking into the proposal.
Jio has offered free WiFi services to the students of colleges including Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University and has submitted a proposal to the HRD Ministry.
Reliance Jio which is proposing free access to Wi-Fi, aims to give students free internet connection and provide educational resources such as online courses. However, the HRD Ministry said to ensure a fair and transparent process, a tender would be floated.
Meanwhile, even HRD ministry's proposal to provide free Wi-Fi to central universities is also likely to take off this year. In May this year, an MoU for providing free Wi-Fi in the campuses of government ITIs, polytechnics and engineering colleges was signed between private firm Reliance Jio and Punjab government.
Similarly, last year in December, Mumbai University signed an MoU with Reliance Jio to provide free Wi-Fi services in its 833 affiliated colleges and research centres on their campus.