INTERNET USAGE PATTTERN OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS: A STUDY OF TWO ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN SIVAGANGAI DISTRICT, TAMILNADU STATE (INDIA)
Author(s): PADMA P, RAMASAMY K
The International Network / Network of Networks / Global Network – the preferred term Internet - has become the online 24 hours / 365 days non-stop information service provider in this era of technological superhighway. Use of multi-media resources which are available in this global network of networks has brought a lot of positive and creative changes among the academic community. This study aims at analysing the internet usage pattern of engineering students of two engineering colleges viz. Pannai College of Engineering and Technology and Pandian Saraswathi Yadav Engineering college located in Sivagangai District. A sample size of 150 engineering students was selected by random sampling method. The data required for the study was collected through a questionnaire. The findings of the study: 86.67% of the respondents belong to the Tamilnadu who use the electronic resources in engineering colleges of Sivakangai district. 29.33% of the respondents belong to the category of first year B.E students. All the 150 respondents (100%) use the Internet. 42.67% of respondents access the internet from their department/office. 28.67% of the respondents use the Internet for preparation of class notes. 43.33% of the respondents use the Internet an hour per day. 48% of the respondents use Google chrome Browser for accessing information from internet. 52% of the respondents use Google in search of information from Internet. 52% of the respondents access to getting information from the internet giving URL. All the respondents use E-mail for communication.54.67% of the respondents use G-mail provider .43.33% of the respondents check E-mail daily. 65.33% of the respondents’ level of use of Internet skill is intermediate. 43.33% of the respondents learn through guidance from friends. 34.67% of the respondents report that lack of facilities is the prime problem while using electronic resources.