In an age where borders have been transgressed and in fact flattened by web, how has the youth of Kashmir benefitted from this information revolution? KASHMIR LIFE interacted with students from three universities of the valley to find out how they utilize this important communication tool.
In today’s world, Internet has become an important part of our lives. While it allows us to connect with the entire world, the information available on websites has changed the dynamics of knowledge gathering. We use it as a medium to connect with others, sharing files, getting information and lots of other activities.
The phenomenon of emailing has bought a tremendous change in the way we live. It allows people to send files from office to schools, from businessmen to colleges, students; everyone sends files through Internet which is an essential part of our lives. We can get information on latest happenings around the world by using internet. We play games, watch live matches, videos, etc. which entertains us apart from filling up the information void. It has become as one of the important part of life.
Umar Farooq Malik
Centre for International Relations, Islamic University.
One of the most important things, apart from air and water for the human beings to survive, is Internet. It has revolutionized our lives and changed our working culture and atmosphere for good. It has build bridges and reduced gap between people. I use internet for reading ebooks and keep track of developments occurring around the world. As a student of International Relations, we are supposed to update ourselves about world situations everyday. So we use internet to look for those developments to understand what is happening in the world of politics and economics and why.
Google had revolutionized our lives. It allows us to get information and books on any topic. The social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, apart from staying in touch with our friends, allow us to get to know about lot of things which are happening in the world. We also use internet for online education. Internet has has bought so much change in the education sector. But we should use it cautiously and wisely and we should not waste our time on it. That is how I use internet.
Centre for International Relations, Islamic University
Nowadays almost everyone is using Internet. People use it for exploration of market, knowledge and entertainment. Internet has brought the world together. We can reach anyone at anywhere within a fraction of time. I can send email to a friend sitting in New York or London which was impossible some time back. I use it for different purposes like reading news, sending email and browsing it to get information related to Kashmir and about the current trends in the world.
One of the things which have made our life easy is banking service provided on the internet. We can transfer money from anywhere to any person in this world. People are getting even married on Internet. Apart from it, there is every kind of knowledge present in it. My life has changed because of this. I use it for communicating with friends and sometimes even with the far extended family.
Centre for International Relations
The way internet has changed our life is indefinable. There was a time when students had to sit in library whole day searching for books and other reference material. Now it is just a click away. Type the name of the book and you get the result. I have been using internet to communicate with friends and relatives. I chat with my relatives who are living outside on internet and it is cheap as compared to telephone calls. You can even see a person sitting just like next to you.
While the world is globalizing more and more, we are the mercy of the government in Kashmir on how, what, and when we use the internet. The recent ban on the Facebook and other social networking sites is a classical example. We are supposedly living in a so called democratic society but where democracy is only visible in Delhi, not outside its borders. The state is so ruthless that it can ban specific websites in the name of security. So we are at the mercy of government to use the internet.
Internet to me is nothing less than ALADIN, where I type a wish & it gets fulfilled. To me it is a giant colossal well of knowledge, wisdom & experience. From reading Harvard Business review to watching lectures of MIT, from staying connected with Great Business leaders across the globe to sharing beautiful moments with the people close to me. I spent quality time on taking online certification courses, which is not possible otherwise (offline).Apart from all this, I must say Internet has an incredible impact on my learning .Internet has made it possible to seek knowledge & wisdom without being confined to boring & traditional classrooms where is imperative to follow a particular code of life while in the case of internet you can learn while having a cup of coffee in your hand & light music in the background.
Integrated MBA, University of Kashmir
and also gain access to the vast, diverse and virtually free information resources available at convenience which wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. For me, purchase of books and other products over internet too is a money saving activity since most of the products on e-commerce websites are offered at discount.
Integrated MBA, University Of Kashmir
Do you use Facebook?”, someone asked me randomly while I was boarding the bus from Hazratbal to home on the outskirts of Srinagar city. I was puzzled and surprised because the person who asked me this was a middle aged man who looked well acquainted with the current world. Though we had nothing to share but something was there, may be the question he asked. But of course, my answer was “Yes, I do.” And then he went on asking about things like Google, YouTube, Yahoo and Skype. He looked more inclined, maybe more than I was. Every 3 or 4 minutes he took out his I-phone and smiled – at least the magical world of internet had something in store for the bald man disappointed with the real life, a man of 40. It is why he used internet and if someone asked me why do I use internet- I have my own reasons but we are all connected, aren’t we? Irony yet true.
Integrated MBA,University of Kashmir
These days we have many mediums available; TV, radio, newspaper, but internet is the one which is highly accessible and easy to use. One can know everything from his corner of room about the happening in the world. Many times, when I browse internet, I find a number of websites which are helpful to me and through which I can gain more knowledge. There are thousands of websites related to education and they remain a source for education to me. Mostly our young generation browses social networking sites which connects them with friends, relatives and even family. Facebook is widely used these days. One can get much help from this social networking site. One can post anything and on any matter or issue. One can interact with many people who belong to different communities. Internet is a source of entertainment for many of us. We can upload videos on YouTube without any hindrance. I used internet for getting relevant education from it.
Central University Kashmir
Internet is a universal platform which has taken us to new horizons, where we share information. There is hardly a reason where I won’t use internet as it dominates everywhere. While surfing internet, I feel connected to the world.
It’s a nice medium to connect with people where I can share files, information and lots of other activities which are useful and beneficial. If I have to sum up, I use internet for the following reasons:
1. For social networking to communicate with friends and family.
2. For communication through Gtalk, Skype, Yahoo messenger, etc.
3. For transfer of files through Gmail, Yahoo mail, Rediffmail, Hotmail, etc.
4. For information and downloading through Google and other websites like Wikipedia, etc.
5. For current buzz to get updates on latest news or match score through Rediff, NYtimes, Gawker , etc.
6. For entertainment by watching and downloading videos from YouTube, playing live games, etc.
7. For making financial transactions by transfer money online, paying bills and using internet banking, which saves time and money to a large extent.
8. For making money online by designing websites, freelancing, consultancies and providing software.
9. For online education, internet is a very famous medium of study in developed countries and growing in developing nations. Various websites such as Khan Academy and Free Video Lectures offer online courses to learn various things like designing, programming, engineering, medical, finance and other subjects. This is very helpful medium to promote education in place s where such courses are not available easily.
Central University of Kashmir
Internet is the newest form of technology and is used by millions all over the globe, and I am one of them. As far as I am concerned, I believe “internet is like a knife. You can either use it to peel an orange or kill a person.” So I try to use internet in a proper manner.
I use internet to remain connected with my friends. I use internet to know about different cultures of the world. So I make friends on internet and chat with them and get to know them. I use internet for entertainment. I watch and download movies and videos on internet. I use internet for studying as well. At times, I listen to lectures on internet also.
Central University of Kashmir