Under a new scheme named “Laptop Bhagya”, Karnataka Government has decided to provide free laptops to SC/ST students pursuing higher studies in the state. The free laptops would be given to the SC/ST students from the next academic year with a budget of Rs. 112 Crore set by the Higher Education Department of the state.
Laptop Bhagya – Free Laptop Scheme
SC/ST students studying in government engineering colleges, polytechnics and government degree colleges would be eligible for the scheme. There are about 35000 ST/ST students studying in different colleges across the state who will be benefited by the scheme.
The government will shortly invite tenders from the companies for the laptops. The funds released by the government under special component would be used to implement the scheme. Each laptop would cost about Rs. 32,000 to Rs. 35,000 to the department. The only eligibility criteria for the Laptop Bhagya free laptop scheme is that the student should belong to SC/ST community and should be a student of first year in his/her course.
Banglore University is already running such a scheme where SC/ST students pursuing post graduation are given free laptops, however they has to return the laptops after the completion of the course. In the Laptop Bhagya scheme, laptops will not be taken back from the students after they complete their studies, laptops will be their own asset forever.
The scheme will definitely bring smiles to such SC/ST students who are not able to afford laptops due to their poor financial condition.