The Tamil Nadu government has come up with the scheme of providing free laptops to the students for the academic year 2016-17. The government is ready to provide 5.36 lakhs of laptops to the students. The announcement was made by the State Information Technology (IT) Minister, M Manikandan. This scheme is applicable to all the students who are pursuing the current academic session.
He said, “The AIADMK government, during its previous five-year term, had supplied around 32.35 lakh free laptops to the students.” He made this announcement at the ‘Connect 2016’, an annual conference and exhibition on information and communication technology (ICT) organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He also talked about the e-governance initiatives taken by the state government. The state government is also working towards providing online facility to the people so that they are able to generate their birth or death certificates online. As of now, 10,486 e-seva centres are functioning in the state. IT Minister also said the global investors meet held last year attracted Rs. 10,950 crore investments in the IT sector.
The government has been taking the Digital India initiative very seriously and because of this, they are planning to distribute all the technological gadgets. Kris Gopalakrishnan, one of the founders of Infosys, said, “The Indian IT sector is growing at 10 per cent per annum and has the potential to create a large number of jobs. The sector is expected to add around one lakh jobs.”
Vijay K. Thadani, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of NIIT Ltd, said that digitization is the next wave and the education system should focus on this.
Last year, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also distributed laptops to the meritorious students. The laptops were given to the students who passed the 10th and 12th class board examinations. He said that now even the IT companies are training their employees in this sector.