Karnataka Free Laptop Scheme – Govt to Include Other Undergraduate Students
Karnataka Free Laptop Scheme – Karnataka Government led by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Siddarmaihah is considering to include more beneficiaries in its ambitious scheme named ‘Karnataka Free Laptop Scheme for the undergraduate students of the State. The Karnataka Higher Education Department is currently operating this scheme. Regarding this scheme, the Karnataka Government is considering to increase the income limit of the eligible families to expand the coverage of the scheme.
Details of Karnataka Free Laptop Scheme
The Karnataka Government announced the Free Laptop Scheme in its 2017 annual budget for all undergraduate students. For this scheme, the state government had sanctioned a total amount of Rs. 225 crore for the scheme in its 2017-18 financial budget. Initially, this scheme was launched for only SC/ST students but the government is now considering to expand this scheme to the students of other categories as well.
Karnataka Free Laptop Scheme
As per the notification, the income limit of the scheme might be modified by the Karnataka Government so that more students can avail the benefits of the free laptop scheme. Besides this, the department of higher education may increase the income limit from present Rs. 2.5 lakh to 6 Lakh per annum.
According to the notification released by the state government, if the state government would change the income limit then additionally 10% beneficiaries will be included under the free laptop scheme. Currently, the scheme doesn’t cover those students who are studying in various courses like B.Ed, Law, Agriculture and veterinary courses.
But, these courses are also demanding to be included for free laptops under the scheme. Under this scheme, the state government had an early target of distributing about 1.5 Lakh laptops to the students throughout the state but the number may increase by up to 10% after the revision in income limit and category of beneficiaries.