Eduroam connection established at the University Grants Commission (UGC)

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has successfully established an Eduroam connection. Under the University Grants Commission Act (1993), the University Grants Commission (UGC) was established as an independent, statutory organization with the mission to develop Nepali academia to the highest standards worldwide while promoting, facilitating, supporting, and enhancing the quality of higher education in the nation. The UGC was established to satisfy the people’s desires for revolutionary and qualitative changes in higher education to support the all-around growth of the country as one of the results of the political changes in the early 1990s. To guarantee smooth operations and support academic achievement, UGC allots and disburses grants to universities and higher education institutes. In order to encourage cooperation, collaboration, and the sharing of academic experiences among the universities in the nation, the UGC is also supposed to establish the academic standard of higher education.

The Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN) has played a pivotal role in deploying the National Roaming Operator (NRO) for Nepal, assisting institutions in implementing the Eduroam service. Eduroam is a secure, ubiquitous roaming access service utilized by the global research and education community, with hundreds of thousands of wireless access points sharing a common SSID. Eduroam simplifies network access for educators, researchers, and students from an institution, ensuring they have a secure and easy-to-use service when visiting another institution, whether domestic or international. During visits to other institutions, user authentication is performed securely by the individual’s home institution, safeguarding their username and password from disclosure to the visited institution. Users utilize the same credentials they would when accessing their home institution’s network locally. Authorization to access the internet and other resources is managed by the visited institution, ensuring that security and privacy are maintained.

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