Lucknow: Samajwadi party will distribute free laptops to students as part of UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's successful completion of first year in office.
Party workers said those students who passed their intermediate examination last year will receive the laptops during the anniversary week celebrations from March 10 to 15. Akhilesh has promised free laptops during campaigns for the assembly elections.
The party will distribute 10,000 laptops to students in government and government-aided schools in the first phase in Lucknow and Mainpuri districts. At a total cost of Rs 2,800 crore, these laptops will be embossed with tamper-proof stickers of Akhilesh and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The laptop will be loaded with an open source operating system (Ubuntu) apart from Windows 7 Home Basic. It will come pre-loaded with MS Office software, a specially designed computer literacy programme for first-time users, spreadsheets, multimedia and cloud computing among other things.
In order to help students learn English, the laptop will have a special software, designed by the British Council, on 'How to Learn English', along with 'Hindi to English' and 'English to Hindi' dictionaries. Other softwares will include photo gallery, movie maker software, photosynth and an editing software.
In another student-friendly initiative, the laptops will also include sample papers of engineering and medical entrance test papers. Students preparing for AIEEE, IIT-JEE, AIIMS, BITS, NIFT, PMT and CLAT will be able to practice through these sample papers. The laptops will come with webcam, blue tooth, wi-fi compatibility, DVD writer and a media reader. Users will have three language options- Hindi, English and Urdu.
Over 15 lakh units are to be distributed over the next seven months. A call centre will be set up in Lucknow with service centres in every district to cater to the beneficiaries.