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Free Wi-Fi for educational purpose only: Bihar government to block porn sites

The Bihar government will block pornography and other “undesirable sites” while providing free Wi-Fi in colleges and universities to ensure that the facility is used purely for educational purposes.

Restrictions would be put on data usage on the premises of educational institutions.

Providing free Wi-Fi in colleges and universities forms part of the ‘seven resolves’ which the Nitish Kumar government has adopted as a policy of good governance.

Addressing a meeting in Purnea on Friday last during his ‘Nischay Yatra’, chief minister Kumar said free Wi-Fi facility in all colleges and universities would be in place by February next.

“We have decided to block all pornography and other undesirable sites to enable the service for educational purpose only on the campuses of educational institutions,” Bihar State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (Beltron), Patna managing director Rahul Singh told PTI on Monday.

Beltron, which is an executive wing of the state IT department, has been entrusted with the job of providing Wi-Fi system in the educational institutions.

Beltron officials said free Wi-Fi service would be provided in over 300 colleges and nine universities of Bihar.

Besides, the information technology department has decided to put restrictions on data usage in all institutions which would be provided free Wi-Fi service.

“We will put a data limit for usage, which will depend on usage. The quantum of data limit is being worked out,” Singh said.

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