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Delhi University Allocates ₹67.71 Crore for Free WiFi Across Campuses 

Delhi University has set aside ₹67.71 crore to give free WiFi to students on all of its college campuses as well as in a new ladies’ dormitory in Mukherjee Nagar, northwest Delhi, according to a PTI news agency report.

WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) connection will be installed at around 90 colleges across Delhi University’s north and south campuses.

The work would be supported by a loan of ₹938.33 crore received by the university from the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) in October last year for different development projects.

The HEFA has sanctioned a loan of ₹261.33 crore for setting up the WiFi network as well as to start the work for the construction of a building for the Faculty of Technology.

About HEFA

The HEFA is a joint venture company of Canara Bank and the Ministry of Education which provides financial assistance for the creation of educational infrastructure and research facilities in India’s premier educational Institutions.

The Delhi University had applied for a HEFA loan in 2022 to meet its infrastructural needs and expansion plans including setting up DU’s east Delhi campus in Surajmal Vihar and opening a new college in Najafgarh, among other projects.

Separately, DU is likely to table a proposal to extend the validity for two of its MPhil courses in Clinical Psychology and Psychiatric Social Work till the academic session in 2025-26.The proposal is likely to be placed before the varsity’s Executive Council on 8 March.

According to the meeting agenda, the varsity wrote to the University Grants Commission (UGC) last year to request the resumption of MPhil at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) as an interim arrangement in the interest of students and patient care until the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) makes a final decision.

The institution took the step after the dean of the university’s Faculty of Medical Sciences voiced concern about the situation.

In a decision passed in 2021, the University’s Academic Council and Executive Council resolved to stop MPhil courses beginning with the academic year 2022-24, in accordance with National Education Policy 2020.

According to the UGC’s 2022 standards for Minimum Standards and Procedures for the Award of PhD Degree, higher education institutes can no longer offer MPhil programmes.

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