The state government of Karnataka has announced a new free laptop scheme for college students in its financial budget for the year 2017-18. The students who have just passed their senior secondary examination and are getting admissions into colleges in 2017-18 academic year would be eligible for free laptop scheme.
Free Laptop Scheme for College Students
The laptops would be distributed to all the students getting admission in the year 2017-18 to Engineering, Medical, Polytechnic and First Grade Colleges. However, the students who get admission in government colleges would only be entitled to get free laptop under the scheme. The free laptop scheme would provide benefits to about 1.5 Lakh students.
In 2014, state government also proposed a free laptop scheme for 10.5 Lakh students studying in all government and private colleges but the scheme was dropped due to high cost (About Rs. 3000 Crore) to the exchequer. The new scheme however would cost about 450 Crore if the cost of each laptop is Rs. 30000.
How to Apply for Free Laptop Scheme
The application form for the free laptop scheme in Karnataka would be available offline or online, it is not yet clear because the scheme is just announced in the budget.
The state government has announced the scheme of free laptops for college students so that they can be more efficient, productive and digitally literate in their higher studies. The free laptop scheme in Karnataka will surely help the students, especially who are not able to afford laptops because of their weaker economic condition.
Karnataka government however has reduced the budget for higher education for the upcoming financial year. The allocation for higher education for 2017-18 has been reduced to Rs. 4,401 crore.
Free laptop scheme is not launched yet, more details such as application forms, eligibility criteria and how to apply would be available only after the scheme is launched.