Punjab to distribute 1.78 lakh smartphones to class 12 students
CHANDIGARH [Maha Media]: The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday paved the way for distribution of 1.78 lakh smartphones to class 12 students of state government schools by November.
The distribution of the first batch of 50,000 phones, which has already been received by the state government, will begin shortly, an official spokesperson said.
The phones will be equipped with various smart features such as touch screen, camera and pre-loaded government applications like ‘e-Sewa App’ with e-content related to class 11 and class 12, as approved by the department of the school education.
The second batch will be procured soon, and the entire distribution process will be completed by November, said the spokesperson after a meeting of the state cabinet, which has approved the modalities for distribution.
The cabinet noted that four months of the academic year 2020-21 had already elapsed without regular on-campus classes, while private schools were undertaking online classes, the students of government schools faced a competitive disadvantage, especially those studying in class 12.
Though he had initially announced that the first batch of the smartphones would be given to girls, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said both boys and girls of class 12 government schools, who do not have smartphones to access online classes will be provided the same. This was necessary to ensure that these students do not suffer in the times of the pandemic due to lack of access to education.