Students in a northern province of India have been given thousands of laptops for free.
Yesterday (June 23rd) around 7,217 students in the Uttar Pradesh region were handed the laptops by the region’s chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP).
Mr Yadav said the laptop distribution programme would help thousands of poorer students in the state to be able to achieve above and beyond what would have been possible if they simply used pens and paper – as was previously the case.
During a politically charged event where the computers were handed out, the Uttar Pradesh head said: “Opposition parties which earlier made mockery of the promises made by SP are nowhere to be seen now.”
Benefits of the programme are expected to include the ability of pupils to now work in three languages – Hindi, English and Urdu – instead of just one.
It is hoped this will give them a greater chance to excel in the increasingly globalised economy of India – which has a rapidly growing technology sector.