Since 2013 under ‘Biju Yuva Sashaktikaran Yojna’ scheme, Naveen Patnaik government has been offering 15000 free laptops to the students on the basis of their Class 12 results. Biju Yuva Sashaktikaran Yojna is an initiative under the Odisha Youth Policy. The government has set a deadline of distributing the laptops by September 30.
As per the officer, the Odisha State government will offer basic level computer education training to students who will receive Free Laptops on the basis of their Class 12 results for the academic session 2014-15.
As per the reports received from the government sources “Microsoft will conduct the certification course (Microsoft Office Exam) for those who would get the laptops on the basis of their exams in 2014.”
One of the government official quoted, “This certification programme on MS Office applications (word, excel and power point) will help students in future job requirements.”
For the beneficiary students on online exam would be conducted from the month of October to December. In the month of October MS Word Exam would be conducted, in November Power Point and in December Excel exam would be conducted at all the Nodal colleges by Microsoft partner M/S Pearson.
The list of the meritorious students who will get the laptop has been selected from various fields such as arts, commerce and science by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE). CSHE while selecting the candidates has taken into the account the quota prescribed by the government for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes.
The distribution process of laptops of the academic session 2013-14 got delayed due to some or the other reason which attracted lots of criticism from various sections and departments of the society and the government offices. For this the government sources replied that last year the laptops could not be distributed on time difference in opinion about the procedure in higher education and information technology departments.
When the Odisha government is planning to distribute laptops to the meritorious pass out students of the academic session 2014-15, then as per the 2011 Census Report an analysis on population in Odisha attending educational institutions clearly reflects that till date, around 33.43% of Odisha’s population never had any formal education.