Around 72,000 undergraduate students in Gujarat will begin getting NAMO e-tablets subsequent month below a state authorities scheme that was delayed by a year as a result of authorities insisting on made-in-India units apart from the sooner determined Chinese ones.
The scheme was introduced by the state authorities in 2017-18 to offer tablets to students who clear Class 12 exams and pursue diploma or diploma programs in Gujarat, at a value of Rs 1,000 every towards the claimed market value of Rs 7,000- Rs 8,000.
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama instructed The Indian Express, “The delay was as a result of we insisted on ‘Make-In-India’. But we’re dedicated to offer tablets to those 72,000 students, adopted by new admissions for the tutorial session 2021-22.” The authorities are planning handy over a few tablets to those students on August 1 as a part of the celebration to mark the completion of 5 years of Rupani authorities.
Students who’ve registered and paid the token quantity of Rs 1,000 at first of the tutorial session 2020-21 are nonetheless ready for the tablets. Amid political strain and opposition allegations, the Gujarat schooling division goals to clear this backlog earlier than the brand new session begins at the same time as registrations are but to be opened for students for the tutorial session 2021-22.
“With the implementation of Make-in-India and anti-China clauses, the earlier tender awarded to a firm that was supplying Chinese tablets (Lenovo) needed to be cancelled. Tenders had been issued three-four instances once more however did not generate a good response below ‘Make-in-India’. Then Covid outbreak occurred, leading to additional delay,” a senior official within the schooling division stated on situation of anonymity.
Chudasama stated, “Since we’ve got cleared the file and tender awarded to an Indian firm, the method of distribution will begin quickly each for the pending students and in addition to new admissions.” The tenders have now been awarded to Lava International, an Indian firm.
Senior schooling officers stated that the bottom work has been accomplished for the distribution of tablets that may start in August. The backlog is predicted to be cleared by September, they stated.
In the primary year, the state authorities in its monetary price range had made an allocation of over Rs 150 crore for the scheme. Two corporations — Acer and Lenovo, had been shortlisted by the tendering course of. However, solely Lenovo was supplying tablets to the state authorities until final year with an elevated price range of roughly Rs 200 crore. More than three lakh students are to be given the tablets at a token value of Rs 1,000 every year.
As per sources, the tablets being supplied to students are upgraded with improved specs, together with a display measurement of 8 inches as an alternative of seven inches and elevated micro-processing with enhanced RAM. The market worth for a tablet this specification is claimed to be wherever between Rs 12,000 and Rs 14,000.