Virtual study but no signal! Digitally backward Kashmiri students climb hills in search of signal

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The online education had now become an important mean of education all around the world. People are getting used to the online way of doing things, be it education or work but what about those who are still digitally backward. On India, the students of Limber Boniyar village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla climb hills despite the fear of animal attacks in search of mobile signal for studying.

The network issue in the village has forced the students to study despite fear of life. These students hike 4 km every day from their village to a dense patch of forest where they could find network. A student of class 10 said, “We are facing a big issue of network. We don’t get network here for the last three years. Since the pandemic broke out, we are unable to attend the online classes.” The area falls under the Limber Wild Life Sanctuary and is surrounded by dense forests where there is a high probability of encountering wild animals. The students said they are unable to concentrate on their studies as they fear attacks by wilds animals. They are now also going through fear of left out as they may not be able to compete with students of the remaining country and that they feel digitally backward.

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