A total of 20 states and union territories in India have internet connectivity in less than 10% of their government schools. The information was shared by the Union Minister of State for Education Annpurna Devi in response to a written question in Lok Sabha. Also Read - Got an iPhone? Here’s how you can find IP address
In her response, the Union Minister was quoting the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE), 2019-20. As per report, the states and union territories that have less than 10% government schools with internet connectivity include — Andhra Pradesh (9.10%), Arunachal Pradesh (3.44%), Assam (4.32%), Bihar (2.05%), Chhattisgarh (3.35%), Goa (8.46%), Jammu and Kashmir (5.18%), Karnataka (7.75%), Ladakh (1.86%), Madhya Pradesh (3.81%), Manipur (2.36%), Meghalaya (1.27%), Mizoram (2.35%), Nagaland (3.03%), Odisha (2.72%), Telangana (8.03%), Tripura (1.61%), Uttar Pradesh (2.94%), Uttarakhand (6.40%), and West Bengal (9.65%). Also Read - RBI launches new UPI payment method that won't need internet connection
On the other hand, Chandigarh topped the states and union territories with maximum government schools with internet. The union territory has internet connectivity in 100% of its government schools. It is followed by Lakshadweep (93.33%), Delhi (88.18%), Kerala (87.61%), Daman and Diu (70.64%), and Gujarat (66.88%) with the maximum number of government schools with internet connectivity. Also Read - Russia-Ukraine war: Twitter says it is restricted for some users in Russia
“To improve the internet connectivity in rural areas, the CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd (CSC-SPV) of MEITY has been assigned the task of providing Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) connectivity to the government institutions, including schools,” the minister said while speaking in Lok Sabha.
Notably, the same report also lists the states and union territories with functional computers. Chandigarh also topped this list with 99.17% government schools having functional computers. An interesting addition to the top list was Chattisgarh with 85.72% government schools with working computers. Other states and union territories with the highest number of functional computers in government schools include Dadra and Nagar Haveli (83%), Daman and Diu (97.25%), Delhi (93.75%), Kerala (92.76%), Lakshadweep (97.78%) and Puducherry (85.78%).