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Tamilnadu government is going to implement Tamil Nadu Free Laptop Scheme 2020-2021 for the students of govt. / govt. aided schools and polytechnic colleges in the state. TN Free Laptop Distribution Scheme 2020-2021 will facilitate students in acquiring better skills. Around 5.32 lakh laptops would be provided to the students under government providing free laptops for youth 2020-2021 scheme. In this article, we will tell you about the complete details of the Tamil Nadu Muft Laptop Vitaran Yojana.
Tamil Nadu Free Laptop Scheme 2020-2021
As the Tamil Nadu government was unable to distribute the full quota of free laptops to students studying in the state-run schools this academic year due to COVID-19 lockdown, the scheme is now set to be back on track from March 2021. In the Tamilnadu budget 2020-21, it was decided to procure 5.32 lakh laptops at a cost of Rs 950 crore under Tamil Nadu Free Laptop Scheme 2020-2021. But due to the increase in the number of Coronavirus cases in the TN state, government and government-aided schools were closed since March and the procurement and distribution of laptops were stopped.
Now the state government will provide free laptops to around 5,32,000 students of class 11th, 12th, 1st year polytechnic students. These free laptops would give a major push to technology driven learning and help students in their online education.
Delay in Government Providing Free Laptops for Youth 2020-2021
Every year, the free laptops distribution begins soon after the schools and polytechnic colleges reopen in June. The distribution of muft laptop computers complete by October month of that academic year. This TN Free Laptop Scheme ensures that board exam students in the schools and pupils in government polytechnic college will have enough time to prepare. However, it could not be distributed this academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Even the purchase of laptops from multinational companies were delayed since they were not able to supply it due to transportation issues in the lockdown period. With the lockdown relaxations and the decrease in the number of coronavirus cases, the government has floated an internationally competitive bid to purchase 5.32 lakh laptops.
Progress of Tamilnadu Student Free Laptop Scheme
The state government of Tamil Nadu is implementing the scheme of distribution of laptop computers to the students studying in Government and Government-aided schools and colleges in the state to facilitate them in acquiring better skills. Tamilnadu government had issued orders in G.O. (Ms) No.1, dated 03.06.2011 by the Special Programme Implementation Department for the procurement of laptop computers to ELCOT.
So far in 6 phases from 2011-12 to 2016-17, 38,53,572 numbers of laptop computers were procured and supplied. For phase – 7th, 8th & 9th procurement of 15,66,022 numbers of laptops was finalized through ICB tender. The supplies commenced from March 2019 onwards and were expected to be completed by October 2019. But this process was delayed due to Coronavirus lockdown. Now the Tamil Nadu Free Laptop Scheme is going to restart in March 2021.
Major Beneficiaries of TN Free Laptop Scheme 2020-2021
In the recent proposal for financial year 2020-21, govt. has allocated Rs. 950 crore for Tamil Nadu Free Laptop Scheme 2020-2021. Moreover from this year, education dept. has prepared proposal to distribute free laptops to the following students:-
- 5.19 lakh Class 11 students
- 11,533 to first year polytechnic students
- 463 differently-abled Class 11 students
- 1,293 class 12th physically challenged candidates.
This TN free laptop computer scheme is only for class 11th, 12th and 1st year polytechnic students (including disabled) whose details can be checked at http://188.8.131.52/e2s/LoginAction.htm
Specifications of Laptops in Tamil Nadu Free Laptop Scheme
Laptops in TN Free Laptop Distribution Scheme would be distributed only to the students who cleared board exams. The laptops will come with the following specifications:-
- 2.0 GHz Pentium processor
- 500 GB hard disk
- Integrated graphics supporting 128 MB VRAM or higher version
- Windows 10 pro-national academic edition
- One year warranty including battery
The state government of Tamil Nadu will set up computer hardware units in all the districts to look into repair issues. Under Tamil Nadu Free Laptop Scheme, 51.67 lakh laptops have been distributed free of cost to students at a cost of Rs 7257.61 crore from 2011-12 to 2019 -20.
Background of Tamilnadu Free Laptop Computer Scheme
In the current academic year, Lenovo which is a computer manufacturing company has won the tender to distribute 15.66 lakh laptops each at the cost of 10,000 plus tax. As per the school education dept. policy note, govt. has allotted Rs. 950 crore for Tamil Nadu Free Laptop Scheme 2020-2021.
Earlier, the laptop computers which were provided to the students has only basic software. There was an option to install additional features, but the short capacity and speed of laptop does not support it. The laptops which were issued could only be used to read or write and nothing else could be done. Now the new laptops to be provided by the Tamil Nadu government would be of modern era and comparable to the latest updated computers.
These laptops would be useful for those who are in desperate need of one. There is a major shortage of computer teachers in high schools and if it continues so, then point of distributing laptops will serve no purpose. So, the state government has decided to start Tamil Nadu Free Laptop Scheme from March 2021.
For more details, visit the official ELCOT website at http://184.108.40.206/e2s/