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Date of this Version

Winter 10-16-2020

Abstract

The main aim of this research is to evaluate the attitude of university students' towards Information Technology (IT) and to identify whether their attitude plays any significant role in contributing digital divide among them. The study used quantitative research design and administered a pre-validated questionnaire to a sample of 644 postgraduate students selected with stratified random sampling. This study reports that about one third of the students fall under the high level attitude towards IT, while just above two thirds of them came under the medium level attitude. A significant gender divide persisted in the case of attitude towards IT among the students. Discipline-wise analysis reveals that the students from Social Science had more favourable attitude towards IT compared to those from Science and Humanities disciplines. The attitude towards IT plays a significant role in establishing the digital divide among the students evidenced by significant direct correlations with access to IT, digital competency and the frequency of use of the Internet.

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