18,000 Class XII students to get laptops by February

27laptops-660x330Panaji: Around 18,000 students studying in Class XII in institutions across Goa are to be provided with the laptops under the state government’scyberage scheme by February 2016, sources said.

The Goa Infotech Corporation, which procures that laptops for distribution, is expected to float tenders for the procurement of the laptops this month.

The procurement of the laptops will cost the state government around 35 crore and each of the systems to be provided to the students is valued at around 21,000. The systems will have a quad core processor and will be preloaded with Microsoft Windows 8 and MS Office suite before being handed over to the students.

The Class XII batch of all streams – commerce, science, arts and vocational – will be provided with the laptops. As per the scheme, the laptops are actually to be provided to students of Class XI, but as there is a backlog, the laptops are distributed to the students when they are studying in Class XII.

The scheme ensures the supply of one laptop equipped with a 14 or 15 inch screen, optical drives and having mid-level processing capabilities, consisting of webcam, bluetooth, Wi-Fi and standard ports. The laptops will be allotted with a requisite operating system.

The equipment supplied will carry a valid warranty of one year. Maintenance beyond the warranty period would be the responsibility of the student’s parents/guardians, as per the scheme of the directorate of education.