In a major development, the Uttar Pradesh Government has launched a pilot project to provide tablet computers to college students. The step has been taken in the light of increasing dependence on digital mediums for studies. These tablets will be available to college students of Government College through the respective libraries as digital reference books.
UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who also holds the portfolio for the Education Ministry in the state announced the development. Dinesh Sharma said the districts chosen for the initial stage of the project are Fatehpur, Sonbhadra, Chandauli, Shravasti, Siddharthnagar, Balrampur and Chitrakoot.
He also added that during the pilot phase, 160 tablets with pre-loaded study material will be provided to libraries of 18 government colleges in seven aspirational districts. The tablet computers provided under this initiative can be issued by the students like reference books from the libraries of their respective colleges. The tablets will be used as digital reference books by the students.
Providing more information about the initiative, Additional Chief Secretary of Higher Education Maneka S Garg also said that the 7 districts chosen for the pilot project have been selected on the basis of need of the students. Many students from these districts do not have smartphones or other e-learning devices and lack internet connectivity, which has hampered their learning process during the pandemic.
The Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Department has already started a digital library for universities and colleges, and the content from the library could be downloaded in these tablets also.