Chief minister Naveen Patnaik started this programme from Lok Seva Bhawan here by distributing laptops to 10 meritorious students. Other selected students will get laptops in the district level programmes.
“We have created a nodal college in every district. The students will get the rest of the laptops through these colleges. This programme was started since 2013 with a vision to inspire and upgrade the skill of the young mass of the state. So far, 90,203 students have received laptops under this scheme,” said higher education minister Arun Kumar Sahoo.
According to the selection procedure, top 15000 students of different streams- arts/science/commerce/vocational/Sanskrit and different categories- general/scheduled caste (SC)/scheduled tribe (ST) have been selected on merit basis at the state level.
Sahoo said this year there is a change in selection criteria. Instead of selecting top 15000 students at the state level in different streams and categories, a selection committee constituted by the state government has choosen top students from each district in different streams and categories, he added.
A senior higher education department officer said the government has adopted this new method to give better representation of meritorious students from all 30 districts of the state. “We have applied transparent method while selecting 15,000 meritorious students under the scheme during the current academic year,” he added.
Cost of a laptop is Rs 29,554. Government has spent Rs 44.33 crore for procurement of the laptops loaded with software. Out of the total 15,000 students, 5,509 students belong to SC/ST category. Khurda district has the highest number of laptop beneficiaries that is 1624 this year.
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