Students in Goa can now get a tablet PC or a notebook for just Rs. 25.
The digital largesse is a part of the Goa government education department's initiative to familiarise Class V and VII students with computers in order to "prepare them for the life ahead and get them curious about the e-systems", according to additional director education Anil Powar.
"General category students will have to pay only Rs. 25 while SC and ST students will have to pay Rs. 10 to register for the scheme," Powar told reporters in Panaji on Tuesday.
The official said that the state government was making arrangements for purchasing nearly 50,000 notebooks and tablet PCs for distribution.
"All the computers will have a special e-learning packages. After a day in class, the students will now be able to revise their tutions at home over the tablets," Powar said, adding that a provision of Rs. 95 crore had already been made for the purchase of the computers in the last budget presented by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
All the systems will have inbuilt security systems installed to ensure that the computers are not misused for pornographic purposes and other controversial web applications, but the education department will also take an undertaking from the student's parents before handing over the computers.
"It is a no objection certificate saying they are OK with us giving them the computers. The parents should also be in a position to both goad the students to logging onto the right websites," he said.
The Goa government was the first state government in the country to give out free laptops to students over a decade ago.