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Friday , May 30 , 2014
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B-school to wow with Wi-Fi

Managers in the making, step inside and stay connected with the world.

Ranchi University’s Institute of Management Studies (IMS) is all set to greet its new batch of students with wireless fidelity, a technology the cradle claims has become necessary for comprehensive education in this e-age. Morabadi-based IMS hopes to get smart by the end of July.

Two days ago, the RU management cradle began distributing admission forms for its 2014-16 MBA session, with an offer of 240 seats. The last date for submitting forms is June 26 while GDs (group discussions) and interviews have been scheduled from July 3 to 5. The final list will be up on July 12 after which admissions can be sought till July 22.

By the time classes commence from July 28, IMS director S.K. Singh said they were sanguine to treat students to a Wi-Fi campus. The IMS, however, is not the first of its kind in the state, where IIM-Ranchi, BIT-Mesra, XISS and Central University of Jharkhand also boast wireless connectivity.

Singh maintained that the objective of the e-endeavour was to be in sync with the latest technology, which is used in all premier colleges in India and abroad.

“In case of professional courses such as MBA, teaching needs to be more interactive and not merely textbook-oriented. And, you cannot engage today’s generation without the Internet. If students have become smart, it is time that their mentors and campuses got smarter. Therefore, we are going to turn IMS into a Wi-Fi hotspot,” he said.

Ranchi University had launched IMS in 2002 with the aim to spawn new-age managers who can meet industry requirements. Though the varsity had sounded its intention to make all colleges under it tech-savvy a couple of years ago, reality remained different owing to a host of challenges such as funds crunch, technical expertise and red tape.

According to Singh, the IMS resource centre, currently, has 50 computers powered by BSNL broadband, but poor connectivity has remained a major deterrent in smooth conduct of classes.

“Snags slowed down access to the Net. Also, with broadband, the LAN was limited to a room. This is not how a tech-savvy campus should be. Hence, the advent of campus-wide Wi-Fi to offer both students and teachers mobility. Self-study will no longer have to be limited to the computer lab,” director Singh said, adding that they were in talks with private service providers and modalities would be finalised soon.

RU pro-vice chancellor M. Raziuddin, who visited IMS a week ago, confirmed the special gift for students. “I have asked the management college to embrace Wi-Fi ASAP. The next in queue is the basic science building,” he said.