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Tamil Nadu government is going to start TN Free Data Card Scheme 2020-2021 for students. In this scheme, the state govt. of Tamilnadu will provide 2GB internet data per day absolutely free of cost. Data cards would be provided to each of the beneficiary from January 2021 to April 2021. In this article, we will tell you about the complete details of the Tamilnadu Free Data Card Scheme.
Tamil Nadu Free Data Card Scheme 2020-2021
In order to enable students to attend online classes, Tamil Nadu government on 10 January 2021 announced TN Free 2GB Data Scheme. Around 10 lakh students in school and even colleges as well as scholarship-funded private colleges for a period of four months. Free Data Package is necessary as colleges remained closed during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and students are still dependent on online teaching.
Eligibility for Beneficiaries of TN Free Data Card Scheme
Here is the eligibility criteria for beneficiaries of TN Free Data Card Scheme. Tamil Nadu 2GB Internet Data Package Scheme will benefit students who are enrolled in the following institutions:-
- Govt and government-aided arts and science colleges
- Polytechnic colleges
- Engineering colleges
- Scholarship-funded private colleges
As many as 9.69 lakh students would benefit from the TN Free Data Card Scheme 2020-2021. Under the same, a 2 GB per day limit would be applicable for the first four months of the year.
Need for Tamilnadu Free Data Card Scheme
Colleges in Tamil Nadu had reopened from 2 December 2020 for final year post graduate students. Medical Colleges for both undergraduate and postgraduate students also reopened from December 7. As per the notice, the college for final year undergraduate degree courses would begin from 1 February 2021.
Even though colleges have reopened, the attendance remains voluntary. Online and hybrid classes are continuing in the state. The move would ensure that students have access to online content and classes as well.
CM on Free 2GB Internet Data Package to Students
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said “To enable students to attend online classes, state govt announces free 2GB data per day to 9,69,047 students enrolled in govt and government-aided arts and science colleges, polytechnic, engineering colleges and scholarship-funded private colleges from January-April, 2021.
Distribution of Free Internet Data Cards through ELCOT
Data cards will be given to them from January to April 2021 free of cost. Students in self-financed institutions will also be covered under the initiative, which will be implemented through the state-run Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT).