TRIPURA: The BJP led Tripura government will fulfill its poll promise by providing 14,608 undergraduate students with smartphones.
"All the 14,608 students of 38 government-run higher education institutions pursuing graduate courses in medical, para-medical, engineering, science, arts, commerce, law, painting and music and nursing would get the one time financial support to purchase a smartphone," Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath told media.
Under "Mukhya Mantri Yuba Jogajog Yojana" a sum of Rs 5000 (maximum) will provided to students by the government. To avail the scheme though, students will have to apply online and furnish identification details along with educational qualification or anything else required.
After proper inspection the sum will be deposited in their bank accounts.
The entire scheme is expected to cost Rs. 7.30 crores and is meant to benefit students.
In February, the BJP-led Tripura government had also introduced 21 new schemes and taken copious steps in the past 23 months to improve the quality of education in the northeastern state, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said.
“I am not sure that any state government in the country has introduced a large number of 21 new schemes and taken a series of steps in just 23 months to develop the quality of education in the schools,” the Chief Minister said while addressing an official function on Wednesday.
Inaugurating the newly constructed building in Kalyanpur Higher Secondary School (in Khowai district in western Tripura), the Chief Minister had said the state government has introduced the NCERT curriculum from the ongoing academic session.
“As part of the government’s mission to enhance the quality of school education, centralised examination paper, vigorous teachers’ training, close monitoring of teaching in schools, evaluation of performance of teachers are being done. More than 50 new schools were opened, 28 Bengali medium schools converted into English medium schools, modernised school libraries, providing basic amenities in the schools are the other steps taken by the state government,” Deb said.
Without naming the erstwhile Left Front government, he alleged that the previous government never thought about the future of the students.