Online Payment Facility for Fees Also Likely Soon
Students from Mumbai University's 833 affiliated colleges and research centers will soon get free Wi-Fi on their campuses. Each student and college staffer will get about 20MB usage free per day. An online payment facility for fees, stationery, canteen coupons, dedicated chat services and smart classrooms could also become a reality soon as the university has signed a MoU with Reliance Jio.
At a principals' meet on Monday, vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh announced plans to go digital for every university activity. Free routers were given to principals who registered on-the spot. A principal said Deshmukh spoke about changes he brought about in the university in the last one year. He also spoke about the money he raised by giving land to MMRDA to construct an elevated road in Kalina. He also claimed there was a sur plus of Rs 67 crore in the budget this year, which he plans to increase by next year, said a principal.
Reliance plans to introduce the Jio Money service, through which colleges can go cashless, for transactions.A closed-group channel for MU, where it can record, store, and replay sessions or lectures to be viewed later, is also on the anvil, said a principal But the proposal did not go down well with some principals. “Though it will be convenient for students and staff on the campus, subscription to Reliance Jio services should be optional. Even as the university has not made it mandatory, what if it does later?“ said a principal.