Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced to provide laptops to 45,313 ST/SC children under the ‘Vidyakiranam’ project. The laptops will be made available to students from classes 1 to 9 in the state. Also Read - Infinix INBook X1 laptop launch date revealed, to be priced under Rs 40,000: Check details
In addition to this, all Scheduled Caste students studying in Classes 10 and 12 would also get digital devices in this phase itself, through social efforts. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 30,000 in November 2021: Dell Inspiron 15 3000, HP Chromebook 14a, more
A total of 45,313 students in 14 districts would be provided with laptops in the first phase, and the distribution would be completed in November. Also Read - After Reliance JioPhone Next, new Jio laptop expected to launch soon: Key details leaked
Inaugurated the distribution of free laptops for all ST students from classes 1 to 12 as part of the #Vidyakiranam project. 45,313 students will be benefitted. ₹ 81.56 Cr has been allocated, and distribution will be completed in November. pic.twitter.com/52V6NTV5pg
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) October 25, 2021
The laptops, provided as part of this initiative, carry a three year warranty and comes pre-loaded with the FOSS-based operating system and educational applications developed by state-run KITE.
An agreement will be signed between the schools and the parent to ensure the proper upkeep of these devices. Each laptop costs Rs 18,000 (including GST) and laptops worth Rs 81.56 crore would be distributed within a month.
There are an estimated 3.5 lakh students in the general category who are in need of digital devices as part of the Vidyakiranam project.
Lakshmi Jayesh, Class 5 student in Thiruvananthapuram district, received the first laptop from Vijayan on Monday.