The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday paved the way in which for distribution of 1.78 lakh smartphones to class 12 students of state authorities colleges by November.
The distribution of the primary batch of 50,000 telephones, which has already been acquired by the state authorities, will start shortly, an official spokesperson mentioned.
The telephones shall be geared up with numerous good options equivalent to contact display screen, digital camera and pre-loaded authorities purposes like ‘e-Sewa App’ with e-content associated to class 11 and class 12, as accepted by the division of college schooling.
The second batch shall be procured quickly, and all the distribution course of shall be accomplished by November, mentioned the spokesperson after a gathering of the state cupboard, which has accepted the modalities for distribution.
The cupboard famous that 4 months of the tutorial yr 2020-21 had already elapsed with out common on-campus courses, whereas personal colleges have been endeavor on-line courses, the students of presidency colleges confronted a aggressive drawback, particularly these finding out in class 12.
Though he had initially introduced that the primary batch of the smartphones can be given to women, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh mentioned each girls and boys of class 12 authorities colleges, who shouldn’t have smartphones to entry on-line courses, shall be offered the identical. This was essential to make sure that these students don’t undergo within the instances of the pandemic due to lack of entry to schooling.
With this, the state authorities will fulfil yet one more of its election guarantees and implement the ‘Punjab smart connect scheme’, which it had introduced in its funds for the monetary yr 2018-19.
The scheme was geared toward offering digital entry to youth, in addition to info concerning schooling, profession alternatives, entry to talent growth and employment alternatives, as well as to primary citizen-centric companies via authorities purposes.
Before coming to energy in 2017, the state Congress had promised to give free smartphones to youth within the state.
In a gathering held in September final yr, the cupboard had determined to distribute cellphones to about 1.6 lakh woman students not proudly owning a smartphone and finding out in courses 11 and 12 within the authorities colleges through the fiscal 2019-20. The contract was signed with an organization referred to as Lava International Ltd. after an open aggressive bidding course of. However, through the strategy of procurement and supply of smartphones, the nation was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and in consequence, the supply and distribution of the smartphones couldn’t happen within the educational yr 2019-20.