An official who monitors the laptop scheme, said with more than 2 lakh students studying in Class 11, Class 12 and government colleges, that includes polytechnic and engineering institutions, continuing to fail in the annual exams on an average every year, the government’s new initiative will save the exchequer to the tune of more than Rs 200 crore.
A senior official from the Special Programme Implementation Department told DT Next that it has been noticed that many undeserving students are also benefiting from the scheme. “Since the very purpose of providing laptops to students is for them to attain maximum benefit out of it, the School Education Department suggested fresh modalities to be adhered while implementing the scheme”, he added.
In the future, laptops will only be distributed to students who secure pass marks in board exams. “In addition, they will be given only to those currently pursuing studies,” the official said.
The laptops will be distributed on priority basis. The official said order of priority includes Class 12 students of academic year 2019-20, second priority will be for Class 11 students and third priority for Class 12 students who studied in the previous year. He said the Director of School Education has to prepare a fresh list of eligible students satisfying the new guidelines with EMIS number to Electronic Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT).