Mizoram Student walk long distances to access internet through dense jungle to take online Exam

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The necessity of internet connectivity has remained a long-standing challenge for residents of Mawhrei village. As universities took the test route online, students had to find a novel solution to this problem.
The only way to get to this place is by internet connection to walk 3-4 km in the forest.

Jerome K Vabeihruapathai, T Mahnei, including nine other students of a isolated village in the Mizoram region of Siaha performed their undergraduate semester exams on Wednesday, led online by Mizoram University. But the unusual thing about this online test was that students had to trek three to four miles [3 to 4 km] over dense jungle to reach the top of the mountain, where the internet signal was detected.

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Set amid a dense jungle, the auditorium was a temporary tent made by the Mara Students Organization using bamboo, banana leaves, and canvas.

The temporary testing hall was built using bamboo, banana tree leaves, and canvas.

The shortage of internet connectivity has been a long-standing challenge for 100 or more residents of the town of Marie. The remote village, located below the Tipa RD block, is located approximately 74km from the Siaha regional capital and is surrounded by hillocks.

The Marie branch of the Mara Students Organization needed to explore an area where mobile network signals are strong enough to enable students to do online courses and exams. Vabeihruapathai and Mahnei are both students in the fourth semester.

Eventually, they settled in 'Mt. Tlaotlah' is just 10 miles from the Indo-Myanmar border and is only accessible after a three- or four-kilometer hike in the jungle. This particular location is the only place in the Mawhrei area where uninterrupted connections to the mobile network are available. The students' body built a temporary inspection hall in the area on May 31. A total of 11 students have already appeared for online exams so far.

"There is no mobile network connection in our village because hillocks surround us, no signal is available inside the city. We have to walk for an hour through the jungle to reach the top of the mountain," said Jerome K Vabeihruapathai.

KL President Paul Vanropuia of the Mawhrei ward of the Mara Students Organization told Aajtak / India Today TV over the phone that the hut was built by leaders of the Mara Students Organization in an internet access point.

"Students have appeared in their online tests using online mode from June 1. We have set up a shelter for students and ourselves in bad weather and rain, as the weather is unpredictable in the area. We have two benches from the area, and the students use these benches as a writing table," said Vanropuia.
Students also appear in a temporary hut to study online classes

As of June 3, a total of 11 students had already been tested online, he added. Another 39 students from the Mawhrei area came to a temporary hut to study their online classes.

On the other hand, the Mara Students Organization CH Beikhochhi said Mawhrei and many other rural people and students in the Siaha region are facing similar problems.

"Officers of the Mara Students Organization control daily and assist learners when they face problems due to internet connection and other issues," Beikhochhi said.

According to Mizoram University officials, about 24,000 students have registered for online semester exams, which started on June 1 also end on the 28th of this month.

Given the improvement in Covid-19 cases in the state, the Mizoram government extended the Aizawl and all regional capitals until June 6 and closed all educational institutions; however, school and college authorities have continued to take practical classes and online exams to help students.

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