While speaking at ‘Connect 2016’, an annual conference and exhibition on information and communication technology (ICT), state Information Technology (IT) Minister M. Manikandan announced that the Tamil Nadu government is planning to provide around 5.36 lakh laptops during the 2016-17 academic year under its scheme to provide free laptops to students. He further added that the AIADMK government, during its previous five-year term, had supplied around 32.35 lakh free laptops to the students. Also Read - India may soon announce its own ‘Atmanirbhar’ app store as alternative to Google, AppleAlso Read - FASTag is now free until February 29, NHAI waves off charges for 15 days
On the e-governance initiatives of the state government, Manikandan said 10,486 e-seva centres are functioning in the state to enable people to use online facility for getting birth/death certificates and others. The minister said that during a global investors meet last year, Rs 10,950 crore investments in the IT sector was attracted. According to Kris Gopalakrishnan, one of the founders of Infosys, the Indian IT sector is growing at 10 percent per annum and has the potential to create a large number of jobs. He said the sector is expected to add around one lakh jobs.
Vijay K. Thadani, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of NIIT Ltd., said digitization is the next wave of specialization and the education system should focus on this area. He said many IT companies are now reskilling their workforce in digital technology.
According to a new study laptops still remain the most popular mode of accessing Internet by teenagers. Desktops, home PCs and laptops are the most popular mode of accessing the Internet (44 percent), closely followed by smartphones (43 percent). ALSO READ: Laptops and PCs could soon be controlled with a smile or a blink
However, smartphones remain the most coveted electronic gadget (83 percent) among teenagers in the country. “Technology has transformed young India. The gadgets considered as luxuries earlier have swiftly become necessities making an impact on both their student and personal lives. The survey was undertaken to get a pulse of the digital habits of school students from class 8-12,” the Survey said.
With additional inputs