Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 5
The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday paved the best way for distribution, by November, of 1,73,823 good telephones to girls and boys of presidency colleges, making ready to take their Class XII Board exams this yr by means of on-line training amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Distribution of the primary batch of 50,000 telephones, which has already been acquired by the state authorities, will start shortly.
The telephones will probably be outfitted with varied good options equivalent to contact display screen, digital camera and pre-loaded authorities purposes like ‘e-Sewa App’ with e-content associated to Class XI and Class XII, as authorised by Department of School Education.
The second batch will probably be procured quickly, and the whole distribution course of will probably be accomplished by November, stated an official spokesperson after a gathering of the state Cabinet, which has authorised the modalities for distribution.
The Cabinet famous that 4 months of the educational yr 2020-21 had already elapsed with out common on-campus courses, and whereas non-public colleges have been enterprise on-line courses, the scholars of presidency colleges confronted a aggressive drawback, particularly these learning in Class XII.
Though he had initially introduced that the primary batch of the good telephones, acquired only a few days in the past, can be given to women, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh stated right now that each girls and boys of Class XII authorities colleges, who do not need good telephones to entry the net courses which have at the moment changed bodily training, will probably be supplied the identical.
This, he stated, was crucial to make sure that these college students don’t undergo within the occasions of the pandemic as a result of lack of entry to training.
With this, the state authorities will fulfil yet one more of its election guarantees and implement the scheme ‘The Punjab smart connect scheme’, which it had introduced in its price range for the Financial Year 2018-19.
The scheme was geared toward offering digital entry to youth, in addition to info relating to training, profession alternatives, entry to ability improvement and employment alternatives, along with primary citizen-centric providers by means of authorities purposes and many others.
In a September 2019 assembly, the Cabinet had determined to distribute cellphones to about 1.6 lakh lady college students not proudly owning a sensible cellphone and learning in Class 11th and 12th within the authorities colleges in the course of the fiscal 2019-20.
The contract was signed with M/s Lava International Ltd. after open aggressive bidding course of. However, in the course of the technique of procurement and supply of good telephones, the nation was hit by COVID-19 pandemic and resultantly, the supply and distribution of the good telephones couldn’t happen within the educational yr 2019-20.