The University Grants Commission (UGC) has highly criticized nearly a dozen of universities for failing to digitize their campuses or even failing to give away the information about the steps that they have taken till date for the same. On the contrary the governments of both the states are talking about making Telangana and Andhra Pradesh smart cities and digitally empowered societies. This is never going to happen unless the universities of the states could act first and breed the generation accordingly.
UGC has repeatedly reminded the 28 universities (15 from Andhra Pradesh and 13 from Telangana) to submit their report on how far their campus has included digitization, to which these universities have never responded positively. The UGC has also asked these universities about the status of optical fiber connectivity, LAN facilities and Wi-Fi Facility last year.
Under the motivational ‘Digital India Initiative’ started by Prime Minister Modi, UGC has plans to introduce e-governance and e-content in education sector, so that the connectivity across the country of these universities could get strong. The programme aims at providing universal digital literacy by 2018, which would approximately cost around Rs 1 lakh crore.
The UGC have sent reminders in December, January and February, so that the universities could act accordingly, but most of them ignored the reminders.