With barely three months left for the academic session to conclude, more than 50 per cent of first-year college students are yet to be distributed the NAMO (New Avenues of Modern education) e-tablets by the state’s education department. While the state government has blamed students for their late registrations, there has been a delay of nearly nine months for the scheme in its third year.
When asked about the delay, Principal Secretary (Education) Anju Sharma said, “The pendency is for the current academic session which is due to late online registrations by students. Even after delivery, testing and clearance take a lot of time.” Regarding the expected delivery to students, she said that the process would be completed within a month.
Out of a total 3,09,651 first-year students across the state, tablets have been distributed to only 1,50,785 of them. Thus, over 50 per cent or 1,58,866 students are still awaiting their tablets.
The state government in its 2017-’18 budget had announced a scheme of handing out tablets at a price of Rs 1,000, against the claimed market price of Rs 7,000-Rs 8,000, to all students who had cleared Class 12 in 2016-’17 and were pursuing degree/ diploma courses in any college or university.