different disciplines of BAU and 28 teachers and21 post-graduate students from differentdisciplines of BSMRAU were randomly selectedfor interviewing. A total of 158 teachers and 79post-graduate students were thus sampled for thisstudy.Data were collected on the status of internetconnectivity in selected universities; extent andtype of internet use by the teachers and students;skills in internet use; comments on theavailability, relevance, authenticity and qualityof course contents found on the websites. Thecollected data were analyzed for differentstatistical parameters using Microsoft Excel.
3. Results and Discussion
3.1. Status of internet connectivity in BAU
ICT infrastructure has been developed to provideinternet connectivity to teachers and student inBAU campus. The system was startedfunctioning in July, 2008. The capacity of theinfrastructure is above 3000 and by now about450 users are being served. The internetconnectivity is administered centrally through ahired Internet Service Provider (ISP). In BAULibrary 20 PCs connected to Internet arereserved for the students. The Department of Computer Science, under the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, recentlyinstalled WiFi wireless system to provideinternet connectivity to the students, who areinterested to use this facility outside theDepartment building within 100 m range. Thestudents, who has laptop computer, can avail thisfree facility. Similar facilities will be developedsoon in Residential Halls for the students. Use of the internet provides great educational benefits tostudents and faculty members. The Departmentof Computer Science has been offering ICTrelated education including a PostgraduateDiploma in Information and CommunicationTechnology (PGD-in-ICT).
3.2. Status of internet connectivity in BSMRAU
Internet facilities have been developed incollaboration with BangladeshTelecommunications Company Limited (BTCL).All the departmental teachers and administrativeofficers have internet connectivity. Five accesspoints have been made available for PG studentsin the library, which will be expanded as perdemand.
3.3. Use of internet resources
The connection to internet is the first and crucialcondition of internet use. Every teacher shouldown a computer with internet connectivity. Outof 596 of the two universities, 541 teachers(90.8%) had personal computer with internetconnectivity.About 75 % of the PG students own computers.The students are now using internet facilitiesprovided by the BAU library and the Departmentof Computer Science. Private ISPs are alsoavailable in BAU Campus. The students have topay for internet browsing from private ISPs.BAU authority is planning to provide free ITservices to the students in near future.
3.4. Type of internet use
Both the teachers and students are aware of theinternet facilities such as e-mail, chatting,browsing for information and internet phoning.However, most of the teachers were found to usee-mail communication (100%), browsing forteaching materials (98.1%) and researchmaterials (97.5%) as shown in Table 1. Newlyrecruited teachers browse for scholarships(41.88%) also. Teachers spend 3-7 days perweek and 1-8 hours per day for internetbrowsing.The students use internet for browsing anddownloading class materials and materials forassignments, e-mail, chatting, readingnewspapers and listening to music. The graduatestudents search internet for course and researchmaterials and for e-mail communication (100%),for jobs (58.2%), and for scholarship (68.4%) asshown in Table 2. The PG students spend 1-2hours per day for internet.
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