A yr later, nation-run college students will in the end get promised laptops

BENGALURU: A year after finishing their first-year undergraduate direction, students in nation-run degree schools and other professional colleges get their laptops under the ‘Free Laptops scheme’, which became brought by using former chief minister Siddaramaiah.

The laptops for 2017-18 have now not but reached the scholars. Finally, this yr, the Department of Collegiate Education has floated a soft to deliver laptops under the scheme.

Though the laptops had been speculated to reach the students within the start of this academic 12 months, because of fund-crunch the branch changed into unable to provide the same.

Last August, the Department of Collegiate Education said that because of a scarcity of budget, the free computer distribution scheme becomes hit. According to the statement given by using State Higher Education Minister G T Devegowda, only `90 crore was available for the task, whilst the requirement turned into `280 crores.

The minister had additionally written letters to the finance department concerning the fund crunch, and also introduced this to the notice of the Chief Minister. Officials of the department even added that apart from these, there had been technical problems that not on time the distribution of laptops.

A senior reputable, Department of Collegiate Education stated, “A sparkling soft manner has been framed and floated. 30 days’ time has been supplied to corporations to participate.”

These students who have been waiting to get their unfastened laptops are within the fourth semester now. This scheme was best applicable to SC/ST students in advance. But from 2017-18, Siddaramaiah prolonged it to all college students, under which 1.Five lakh college students had been to be blanketed.

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