STUDENTS AND THE INTERNET: A STUDY OF INTERNET USE BY THE STUDENTS OF NIT KURUKSHETRA, HARYANA, INDIA

Abstract

Author(s): Rajender Kumar

This study recognizes patterns of Internet use by students at NIT Kurukshetra, India. It investigates purposes for use, Internet resources and services used, training, places of use, student’s satisfaction level toward Internet and the problems faced while using the Internet. A structured questionnaire was used to collect primary data. The questionnaires were distributed among the 100 students, out of which 80 (80%) responded to this study. Study results show that all the students are using the Internet frequently because NIT provides campus wide Wi-Fi Internet connection. It is noted that the students get the required information through the Internet. Respondents use the Internet in different ways, such as access to electronic journals (62.5%), software download (31.5%), and entertainment (58.75%), News Paper (33.75%), Research purpose (70%), for education (81.25%), and e-mail. Google and Yahoo search engines are preferred by almost students in comparison with other search engines and 90% of the students were very satisfied of the Internet.

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