Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 31:
After remaining in wilful amnesia for about a year, the Odisha government is now in a hurry to distribute free laptops to meritorious pass outs of 2014 Plus Two examinations.
The state government has taken a decision to distribute laptops to the top 15,000 merit rank holders of the 2014 Plus Two examinations within the next one month.
Laptops will be distributed to the 15, 000 merit rank holders of the 2014 batch in two phases of the while the 15, 000 rank holders of the 2015 batch would get their laptops by October, officials sources said.
The government has issued directives to officials of the Higher Education department to see to it that no further delay occurs in distribution of free laptops to the students.
The decisions were taken at a meeting on distribution of free laptops chaired by Minister for Higher Education Pradip Kumar Panigrahi held at Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies here on Thursday.
It was revealed at the meeting that the company which had been given the order for supplying laptops had delayed its deliveries resulting in the one-year delay in distribution of free laptops. The minister asked officials to remain alert that no such delay occurs in the future.
Sources in the Higher Education department said 14,993 students who passed the 2014 Plus Two examinations with the qualifying marks will be given free laptops by the month of August.
For the purpose, 30 nodal centres will be set up in colleges across the 30 districts in the state. A three-member monitoring committee has been formed for each nodal centre.
Collector of the concerned district is the chairperson of the committee. The principal and a professor of the college selected as the nodal centre for the district will be the committee’s other members.
The SP of the concerned district will remain in-charge of the security aspect of the laptop distribution in his district. Stress will be given on smooth distribution of laptops to students.
According to sources in the Higher Education department, out of the 5,655 students in Arts stream who will be supplied with free laptops for their meritorious performance in the 2014 Plus Two examinations, 3,521 are from the general category, 1,399 from the SC category and 735 from the ST category.
In the Science stream, 6,786 will be provided with laptops, the highest among the three streams. Out of the 6786, 5,088 are from the general category, 1077 from the SC category and 621 from the ST category.
Out of the 2000 to be provided with laptops in the Commerce stream, 1,499 are from the general category, 296 from the SC category and 205 from the ST category.
In the Vocational studies stream, 181 students will be provided with laptops. Out of them, 100 are from the general category, 51 from the SC category and 30 from the ST category.
In Sanskrit stream, 371 will be provided with laptops out of which 295 belong to the general category, 52 to the SC category and 24 to the ST category.
While 5,000 beneficiaries will be provided with laptops by August 12, the remaining will be provided by the end of August, said official sources. On their arrival at nodal centres, the laptops will be stored under tight security with 24-hour vigil.
On the other hand, students who have topped in the 2015 Plus Two examinations will be supplied with laptops by the end of October. The Higher Education department has sought the merit list from the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE). The CHSE has handed over the list to Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC).
The process for distribution of laptops to the meritorious students of 2015 Plus Two examinations by October will begin after the completion of distribution of laptops to the beneficiaries for the 2014 Plus Two examinations by August.
Chairpersons of nodal centres have been asked to remain in preparedness for the purpose, official sources said