Government Distribution of Free Laptops to TN Students
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has now announced that his state government body is now gifting Free Laptops to TN Students in colleges.
The Tamil Nadu Government will commence distribution of free laptops from September 15 to students of Government and Government-aided Schools and Colleges. The scheme will involve an outlay of Rs.10,200 crore. And, these laptops could be pre-loaded with educational content to help students. It seems like a good move as selected students will be able to do much more.
“The Acer laptops were purchased through a tender process for Rs. 45 crore, with each costing Rs. 14,490. It meets the requirement of the students studying in 412 state-run and state-aided colleges and 85 polytechnics across the state,” an official told IANS.
“We have been anticipating this tender, which will set a precedent for other state governments to follow,” said Mr S. Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India Pvt Ltd, a leading laptop manufacturer.
A laptop could cost Rs. 15,000 with the prescribed specification that includes a LED 14 inch display and pre-loaded operating system of dual booting – Windows starter edition with Anti Virus for one year licence and Linux. This is nearly Rs. 7,000 cheaper than the market price, said Mr Sumanta Mukherjee, Lead PC Analyst at Cyber Media Research.
“The order will not only give a huge fillip to the PC manufacturing but also help the society with a huge support system to come up,” he said. The only issue that could be worrying is if the Centre does not provide the necessary grant for the scheme, he said.
“All the laptops will be distributed to the SC/ST students in backpacks through their respective colleges across the state under the ‘Free Laptop Scheme’ by the state higher education department in a fortnight,” said the official.
Free Acer Laptop Specification
Government Distribution of Free Laptops to TN Students come with Windows 10 version and are configured with an Intel quad processor, 1 terra byte (TB) hard drive, 4 gigabytes (GB) of Random Access Memory (RAM) and a 14-inch screen. This sounds like a good deal for the students.