No internet, students in remote Indian village walk up and down hill every day to take online exams


Students from one state in northeastern India walked a hill every day to find a place with a stable internet connection so they could sit for their semester exams.

With the decision by Mizoram University (MZU) to hold the semester exams online, nearly 24,000 Mizoram undergraduates are being left behind, with some taking extreme measures to overcome the hurdle.

“We know the students’ problems. But various NGOs, student organizations and university authorities are helping out by making various makeshift and temporary accommodations on hilltops or in elevated places, ”said Lalnuntluanga, MZU exam controller. quoted by Indian news agency IANS.

He told the agency that the internet connection was particularly poor in the southern districts of Saiha, Lawngtlai, Lunglie state, as they “are not only remote and hilly, they are also found along Myanmar’s borders. and Bangladesh “.

Some of the civil organizations and student organizations like the Mizo Youth Association (YMA) and the Mara Student Organization have come to the aid of the students. After days of searching for a place with a strong network, the bodies of the students set up the examination center in temporary makeshift huts in the middle of dense forest, on top of hills and in high altitude areas, India Today reported.

One of these tents was made from bamboo, banana leaves and a tarp at the top of Tlao-tla hill near Mawhrei, a small village in Saiha district, southern Mizoram, on the border from Myanmar, where students have been taking exams since June 1.

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“We built the hut to protect the students and ourselves from bad weather and rain as the weather is unpredictable in the area,” said KL Paul Vanropuia, president of the Mawhrei village unit of the Organization of Mara students, quoted by India Today.

“There are two benches that we brought from the village and these benches are used by the students as a writing table.”

He informed that until June 3, around 11 students showed up for their on-site online exam, while around 39 came to the cabin to take their classes online.


Christina A. Kroll

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